The other day we were looking through our phone records and realised that just to own a business phone can cost over £400 a year, and that’s before we start to make international calls. Indeed, £400/year is regarded as small fry for BT and often doesn’t get your business on to their plans, which save you money when you start making international calls.

What’s the solution? One answer is Skype. This is VOIP technology that’s been around for a few years now and enables you to make very cheap international calls using your broadband. You don’t need ultra-fast broadband to make audio-only calls, either. Better still, some Skype calls can be better quality that some regular international calls, between certain countries.

Skype isn’t just limited to cheap audio calls. If you have faster broadband, you can use it to have a video conference between one or more people. Idea if you plan on bringing together multiple people from various territories, during a working day when phone costs are at their highest.

We use Skype to keep in contact with our international partners. We can use the technology to chat with these partners, through typing messages like you would if you were using MSN Messenger. Anyone with a Skype account can be brought in to a conference where everyone can contribute and swap files.

What's New in Version 6.25

Welcome to Skype for iPad.
We are constantly working to make Skype better for you. With this new update you can now:
·      Use Siri commands to quickly start a Skype call
·      Answer Skype calls from your lock screen, just like a regular phone call
·      Seamlessly store your Skype contacts into the contacts list built into your iPad
·      Pay for Skype Credit in Israeli Shekels
·      Invite your friends to Skype directly from the contacts list
·      More easily differentiate between your contacts and bots in the contacts list

Verdict

Business application that enables you to keep in contact with international partners, make cheap calls and much more. Excellent tool, let down but the inconsistency in development between different operating systems.