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A long-awaited update to Skype's iPhone app now brings two-way video-chats to the well-known software, just in time for New Year's wishes.

Here, the contact card is one portal into your contact's online presence. Their status and photo are available, plus the (now) four ways to reach out--instant messaging, SMS, a voice call, or a video call.

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Just because Skype can broadcast footage from your front-facing camera doesn't wrest away your control. You can also say yes to audio only or decline the entire call.
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Skype's iPhone update lets you pause a call to put it on hold without hanging up.
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Familiar calling options include controls to mute the audio or amplify it on speaker, put a call on hold, and turn off video broadcasting--all while engaged in an active call.
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Like other mobile video chat apps, you can toggle between the two cameras to quickly select a different subject for your viewer.
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If you lose connectivity, Skype's alert prompts you to reconnect.
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Ending a call is obvious with this prominent button.
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Landscape mode uses the screen's full real estate in Skype for iPhone.
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