First Look: Skype is Available @ iTunes

The much awaited Skype iPhone app is now available via iTunes.  I just installed it, so let’s take it for a spin.

Download and installation was a breeze.

Note that the Skype app requires a wi-fi connection.  I’m at home, where one is available.

Here’s the sign in screen.

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Sign in was easy, leading to the All Contacts screen or this Online Contacts screen.

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Can’t call Mike, since he’s in the midst of audio hassles.  But a Skype Test Call worked perfectly.  I could hear well and my voice was loud and clear.

Here’s my profile page, complete with a recent photograph and my slogan.  Maybe I’ll get my Skype-out number back so I can call land lines.  More importantly, my kids are going to be all over me to put Skype on their iPod Touches to turn them into semiPhones.

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One expected buzz kill is that the lack of background processing means you have to sign back in to the Skype app every time you leave Skype to do anything else- like email the screen caps above.

But it is still very cool to have a Skype created, Skype looking app on my iPhone.

So far, so awesome.

Should I Try Skype?

Image (1) skype1.jpg for post 3654I am a little intrigued by Skype. A lot of my fellow bloggers have it and have numbers and links and whatnot on their web pages.

I’m thinking about trying it, but here’s the problem. No one who is even remotely related to me will ever know what Skype is, much less use it. Heck, I’m lucky if any of them email me. My family is just not into newfangled technology like VOIP, computers, cable TV, cordless phones and that sort of thing.

And when I’m at home, I’m going to use my regular phone for my regular calls, even if it isn’t exactly free.

Given that, is there a use for Skype? Is it easy to ping someone and talk with them briefly about an article or something in the news, etc. Does anyone I know do that? If I used it, would I ever want to call somebody? Would they answer?

Do you get telemarketing calls?

Somebody who knows, give me the scoop.

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