Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for iOS Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    To mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of Skype's video calling feature, Skype today announced plans to bring group video calling to mobile devices, including the iPhone and the iPad. As with group video calling on desktop devices, group video calling on mobile devices will be free.

    Group video calling has been available for free for Mac, PC, and Xbox One users since April of 2014. Prior to that, using the feature required users to have a Premium Skype subscription.

    Skype plans to begin rolling out group video calling on mobile devices over the course of the next few weeks, but Skype is allowing customers to sign up with their email address and Skype user name to register for early access.

    When signing up, Skype's registration process says access to mobile group video calling will be available in the next few days.

    Article Link: Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for iOS Devices
  2. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Seems like no-one even cares, 24 minutes since posting this topic and no reply yet, Skype is so... out.

    I use Viber amongst others.
  3. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I wasn't aware this wasn't already a feature. I use Skype on my computer when I need to do a video call, but it's pretty rare that I need something like that.
  4. medestas macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2016
    Skype is certainly not out, last time I checked it's the most popular group video chat service(a feature Viber doesn't even support) and I know many students who use it to for revision groups.
  5. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    I don't know one single person which still uses Skype here, so, to me it means it IS out.
  6. Mums Suspended


    Oct 4, 2011
    I use Skype a lot but Microsoft practically ruined it. Those idiots who are now in charge of Microsoft design the most illogical websites snd applications imaginable for Xbox, Skype etc. - sometimes there's no way to sign in, no way to sign out, no way to change account information, passwords - and the design is atrocious. It's like it was all designed by fools.
  7. mikecorp macrumors regular


    Mar 20, 2008
    it is crashing all the time. I do not use skype. I have 4 euro on it since 2013.
    I have no one to call. WhatsAPP with androind and Facetime with ....
    --- Post Merged, Jan 12, 2016 ---
    yeah, and the new ridiculous movie icons, or what ever you call it. Once great app, and then ebay craped it and now Microsoft ***@d it up completely.
  8. a0me macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Everyone I know uses Skype and sometimes Hangouts. Skype is also used a lot in businesses in addition to whatever corporate video conferencing solution (Polycom, Cisco, Lync (Skype for Business), etc.) your company uses.
    Never heard about Viber.
  9. C DM macrumors Nehalem

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sounds like the key part that was omitted in the original reply is "to me", which certainly means something, but basically more or less just to you.
  10. IGI2 macrumors regular


    May 6, 2015
    It would be great for FaceTime to have this feature.

    I've seen group video calling on FaceTime only during the TV Show: Modern Family. It really should be a real option.

    I think it's a logical step towards the evolution, don't you think?


    Apple could do this even better and fit it somehow together with only one preview of your face.
  11. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    I know the skype app is ranked quite high in the app store but I honestly haven't met anyone who uses skype in real life for a while. As a matter of fact most people who use skype seem to come from south American countries.
  12. Morgenland macrumors member


    May 28, 2009
    Edw@rd Sn0wden showed, that Skype was one of the first wares in helping the NS@ to sniff your privacy. In Europe we remember that very well. Facetime is better, not just in performance....
  13. Knighstalker macrumors regular


    Dec 23, 2009
    In the Web
  14. olyckne macrumors newbie


    Jan 13, 2016
    Ängelholm, Sweden
    We use it at work, and I use it to talk with my PS4 gaming friends. The iOS app is horrible though. A lot of the times messages arrive hours or even days later (a couple of days ago I got a message that was sent 10 months ago!) and you can't call a group with more than 8 users (which means if we want to talk while gaming someone needs to fetch their computer).
  15. shareef777 macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    Waiting for Skylake MBP thread
    The one feature Apple took away from iChat and has yet to get back. Apparently everyone at Apple can't multi-task or don't have more then a single friend/family member.
  16. rbonzer macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2011
    The problem is that Facetime is Apple only. I think everyone here can say that they know people with android phones.
  17. justperry macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    No, not just me, Skype isn't popular where I live, Skype is crap, I used to call with it many times years ago, if I want to call my friends in Indonesia I use Viber or other options, reason, Skype call quality is a lot less than the other Apps I use.
  18. C DM macrumors Nehalem

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sure, but in various other places and various other people it's popular and useful.
  19. SantaFeNM macrumors newbie


    Oct 13, 2012
    Santa Fe, NM
    Yes. I was really shocked when they removed this. I can only assume to was because of a patent dispute or something, as it worked fine. Why go backwards and remove such a feature?

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