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Skype is a proprietary software application that offers free Skype-to-Skype calls and low-cost local, national and international calls to both traditional land-line telephones and mobile phones. Additional features include instant messaging, texting, call forwarding, and video conferencing.

Skype also has a premium version with support to Group Video Calling.

On Skype for iPhone, you can make free video calls to other devices with Skype installed, over both Wi-Fi and 3G. More Info »

For webOS phones:

Available also as portable app: More Info »


Apps for Skype

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Links to official Skype sites

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Skype was added by Stuck in Feb 2009 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2015. There is a history of activites on Skype in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Skype or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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Negative Comment by dimlakgorkehgz about Skype Apr 2015

Really spotty here in Belize. Often does not connect, sometimes connects to the wrong number, cant call out of belize or send sms. Gave back most sms monies.



Comment by tomgoldman about Skype Jul 2014

Tox aims to be a free and open source Skype replacement. Seems to work better on all platforms too.

[Edited by tomgoldman, July 25]


HeavyWieght Android App

Negative Comment by NightHeron about Skype Oct 2013

Hello MS, what about creating a smaller app for smartphones. I have the No.1 benchmarked smartphone in CPU speed, and i can run this app, but none of my friends have this app to their phone! Just remove some crapware, make it lightweight, its a simple secret to victory! C'MON


Buggy and lame

Negative Comment by impossible about Skype Aug 2013

Its hard to get your friends to switch if they arent interested in the latest and arent really interested in switching tech. This thing is a cow, slow, bad connection and buggy. For windows and GNU/Linux and i cant imagine how bad it must be for mac users. There needs to be a better alternative. This is definitely not for gaming, mostly for chatting. I've yet to try something like oovoo which i probably trust less.

Not to mention the thirdparty software apps they offer which some have viruses and they keep them on their top downloads. I contacted them various times and its still there. They even deleted my comment warning the people!



Negative Comment by HG about Skype Jul 2013

Stopped using Skype.
MS does not care... they share whatever information they have if the government requests it without a fight.


Time to abandon Skype.

Comment by DazzaJay about Skype Jul 2011

Damn Microsoft, always buying out great apps, then ruining them. Skype will be the latest when the next update goes live as its installing mandatory tracking software and aggressive targeted advertising, even to people who are paying for subscriptions.

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was just repeating what I've been told. and I trust my source, nothing he's told me yet has been crap, everything from the PS3's having the "Install other OS" option removed (he told me about that 6 months before it happened) And also the introduction of DRM in Windows Media Player 10 (Told me about that about 6 months before it happened also) Amongst other things, (Just woke up so cant think of much at the moment). Either way, over many years I've come to trust him, as he's never been wrong yet.

Not sure about the aggressive plugin installing, I've never had it, then again, every time I load skype the Extras manager crashes immediately. so I've never been able to use it. (Must have something to do with XP X64 SP1's 32bit emulator)

Did some digging:


It's almost been six months now ;) and so far nothing at all has changed, except the copyright messages and the ability to log in using a Microsoft Live account.

In fact, I'm disappointed that nothing changed, because when I heard that Microsoft bought Skype, I thought that maybe they would use their experience with Messenger/Lync to actually fix Skype, something which Skype themselves haven't ever bothered to do in their 8 years of existence. Deal-breaking bugs that have been reported 5 years ago, get several dozens of frustrated user comments every month, and no official ever bothers to reply, or say that someone's looking into it (because no one is, I assume). There's no money in fixing something people use in it's broken state anyway, I guess. And now Microsoft is closing the service that works (Messenger) for the one that never has and maybe never will (Skype).

All in all, this entire thing has been a catastrophic debacle—but not at all for the reasons people initially feared.


Well, it's changed now. Won't sign in with my skype ID, just sits there with the useless spinning circle.

or, I can use a "Live ID" -NO, I want to use my existing Skype ID.
or, I can use a "Facebook login" - NO, I want to use my EXISTING skype ID. I don't want to make a crapbook account just to use the same program I've been using for years.

-Uninstalled. Hello Trillian, oh, what a surprise, my Skype ID works in Trillian.


Cool yup, I switched over to Trillian as well, since the announcement that Messenger users would be forced over to Skype, which I really couldn't bear. Trillian seems to be the only multi-protocol IM that supports Skype without having the full Skype client running alongside. Unfortunately it doesn't work on the Android version. Which is, of course, entirely the fault of Skype/Microsoft, and not Trillian/Cerulean. I'd really prefer to ditch Skype altogether, but that's the problem with IMs, you're kind of forced to use what your contacts use.


Also have abandoned Skype

Negative Comment by alleyoopster about Skype Feb 2013

Google hangout works across platform and uses WebRTC framework which is open-source. Since Microsoft have bought it and even before, Skype was receiving little love outside of MS. Now it gets none. Happy to leave it behind.

Facetime seems to be encouraging people to throw more money towards the Apple peeps due to the hardware restrictions.

[Edited by alleyoopster, February 27]


Abandoning skype

Negative Comment by Babbajan about Skype Jan 2013

Don't use. If you're concerned about your privacy, that is.


I can't prove it but i'm pretty sure Skype is the most popular application of its kind.
Skype used to be THE application to make VOIP calls, call real-world phone numbers, send SMS messages and video chats.

I've started to dislike Skype since it came with Facebook etc built in. I don't want that kind of functionality and makes it feel bloated.
That said, i can still make clear calls without much hassle.

Even though the GNU/Linux variant boasts less functionality, it's still more slick than the version for Windows.


Skype being monitored

Negative Comment by HG about Skype Nov 2012

Talk in Skype, the law can be monitoring without you knowing... thanks Microsoft!


There is no user privacy, it's one of the most closed software for communication, we dont know exactly what it's doing with our data, the only thing we know is that skype has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities, reads our bios, adress book and firefox profile...
I prefer to use open source alternatives like Jitsi and mumble

Wikipedia: Skype security: Flaws and potential flaws

Washington Post: Skype makes chats and user data more available to police


I use it everyday <3

Positive Comment by Mighty_Mac about Skype May 2012

I love the user interface, although skins would be cool too. The call quality is really good most of the time, when it's not so good, I know it's my connection and not the app itself. The biggest downside is it uses up WAY too much memory for just being an instant messenger. I could understand during a video call, but just idle? Another issue is if you are a programmer, you will have problems when trying to port-forward applications on your router, I heard this is due to some protocol confliction, but I haven't looked into it.