25 – Skype

Skype Logo


Skype is a free service that allows users to make text and voice calls over the Internet. Premium versions also available.  Skype is now owned by Microsoft

Websites Cost Availability
www.skype.net Free for computer-computer
Pay to call landlines,
mobile phones and send SMS messages
Desktop and Mobile Apps
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Comments from some of those who selected Skype as one of their Top Tools

“This is a great tool for personal communication and team meetings. And it’s free! I use Skype quite a lot. I prefer it for meetings. I have never liked the phone, so I don’t particularly want to Skype for ‘chat’.” Jenny Mackness, 2014

“continues to be the way I stay in touch with my ITA colleagues” Clark Quinn, 2014

“Simple and easy way to stay in touch with my community” 2013
“chat with colleagues”  Clark Quinn 2013
“like copper and fibre, invaluable” 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“invaluable for tutorials with my students and yet again for my own Spanish language studies: I meet with a teacher on line every fortnight to practice conversation” Jane Challinor

“Excellent for keeping in contact with colleagues and learners” Carol Cooper Taylor

“Is my primary tool for voice communication, video communication, and small group meetings. I like it for its ease-of-use, price, and consistency”Janet Clarey

“provides mixed synchronous and asynchronous communications, along with file transfer” Pat Parslow

“Opens the world to the classroom. Can be used by the average person to communicate with people from all over the world. I recently gave a keynote speech in Indonesia (from my office in Iowa) through Skype.” Leigh Zeitz

“A must have. Of all the video chat products available, the consistent quality of calls on Skype wins hands down.” Rich Chetwynd

“a great (and free) alternative to the telephone” Jay Cross