Skype for iOS review: Improved communication by text, voice, or video

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
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The Good Skype lets you send messages, and make voice and video calls with your friends. The interface is easy to understand so you can get up and running right away.

The Bad You can't send group messages to your contacts, but you can participate.

The Bottom Line The Skype app for iPhone is worth the download as a way to get in contact by voice, video, or text, but some features are still missing.

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Editors' note: This review has been updated to reflect improvements and fixes in the version released October 7, 2013.

Skype for iPhone lets you send texts and make both voice and video calls, and has a nice-looking interface. Unfortunately, it's missing a key feature, and I found that a bug makes the app unusable under certain circumstances.

Updated for iOS 7, the most recent version of Skype looks great, with a home screen that lets you view your contacts and gives you buttons across the bottom of the interface for navigation. Interface elements have all been simplified to fit in with the iOS 7 aesthetic and they are just as easy to navigate as before. You can add contacts through the Skype directory, save a phone number directly, or import numbers from your iPhone contact list. Besides contacts, you also have buttons across the bottom for Messages (IMs); a dial pad for calling phones; and a My Info button where you can add a photo, check your Skype credit status, listen to voice messages, and turn on call forwarding.

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Skype (iOS)

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  • Category Communications
  • Compatibility iOS