Skype for iPhone
Skype is a popular communications tool for many business travelers. Skype for iPhone, which also works on the second generation iPod touch, adds Skype calling and instant messaging to both devices and is available from Apple’s App Store, free of charge. I installed it on the iPod touch the first day it was available and, while there have been a few glitches, my experience has been pretty much stellar. The application opens up myriad communications possibilities for the business traveler, including the ability to assign multiple “local” numbers to an iPhone or iPod touch at very low cost.
Skype for iPhone allows users to place free Skype-to-Skype calls when connected to Wi-Fi anywhere in the world. To reach non-Skype users at rates that are typically a few cents per minute is just as easy. The sound quality of the call was crystal clear for me but those I was speaking to reported that I sounded a bit distant.
Skype instant messaging is available on all supported connections (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, or EDGE) to both individuals and groups. Users can also edit contacts and set their presence status.
Visit www.skype.com and the Apple App Store on supported devices
–David Goldes is a Contributing Editor at Executive Road Warrior and President and Senior Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.