If we had to name a single application that has revolutionized communications in the 21st century, many people would definitely go for WhatsApp, but the truth is that before the arrival of the instant messaging giant there was already a program that changed the way we communicated with our loved ones, shortening the distance between friends and family which were physically hundreds and thousands of kilometers apart.
We're talking about Skype, the program for voice and video calls based on the VoIP protocol that meant a real revolution at the beginning of this century when it was developed in Estonia by a bunch of Scandinavian and Baltic engineers and later purchased by Microsoft to integrate it into Windows Messenger. Back then it almost became a standard for voice and video over IP communications and since then the expression to skype someone is equivalent to making a video call, regardless of the software used.
A crossover between FaceTime and WhatsApp for iPhone.
It's a service that's available on bother computer and mobile devices, whether Android or iPhone. And it's precisely the app for iOS smartphones and tablets that we're offering you to download from this page. An application that was initially conceived as an alternative to FaceTime, the video chat app par excellence for iPhone and iPad and that has now become a rival for instant messaging tools such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, thanks to its chat and text message delivery functions. In any case, nowadays there's a very fine line between a messaging app and a video call app, as they seem to be starting to implement the same functions.
If you've used Skype on your Windows PC or an Android smartphone before, you'll know all about its main features and functions that we summarize below:
- Make video calls and speak face to face with all your contacts.
- Group video calls with up to 25 users.
- Free voice calls to anyone using Skype.
- Instant messaging.
- Call mobile phone numbers and landlines in your country or abroad at cheap rates.
- Share all sorts of files: pictures, video messages, locations, documents...
- Add emoticons and emojis to your messages.
- Use your account on other platforms like Windows, Mac or Android.
- Compatible with Apple Watch.
How much does it cost and how many MB does Skype consume on iPhone?
Downloading and installing Skype from iTunes is totally free, as well as using its instant messaging functions and calls between Skype users. However, using the application to call landlines and mobile phones has a cost that has to be paid by purchasing credit that can be added to your account and recharged whenever you run out. Depending on the destination of the call and whether you're calling a landline or mobile, the platform will charge a certain price which is always below the cost a traditional call.
However, we're not taking into account the MB consumed on your data plan which, at the end of the day, is also a cost that the user has to assume in the case of not using a WiFi connection for the communications. Thus, making a Skype call from your iPhone to another mobile phone can consume just over 1 MB per minute, an expense that increases considerably in the case of a video call: about 5 or 6 MB per minute of conversation. Despite the latter, it's still a very affordable option to make voice and video calls, especially if we've got a wireless network at hand to save using our data plan.
What's new in the latest version
- You can now blur the background.
- Bug fixes and stability improvements.