When you inquire users about what do they prefer to use for video chat and video calls? Majority of them will answer Skype. Mobile phones have transformed into smartphones having capabilities similar to those of any PCs. Skype the most preferable video chat option is now available on Android as well as iOS from Apple.
With Skype on your Android smartphone you can make free Skype to Skype video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi network. You can also make cheaper calls and SMS to landlines or to other mobiles a per the rates mentioned by Skype. There is a never ending list of handsets on Android platform for video calling.
The list includes smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S, Galaxy S Fascinate, Droid Charge, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 (WiFi, Verizon, Sprint, Plus), HTC Desire, HTC Desire S, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire HD, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Flyer, Sony Ericsson Xperia NEO, Xperia Pro, Xperia Play, Xperia Ray, Mini Pro, LG Revolution, Motorola Photo, Xoom, Atrix, Acer Iconia Smart and many other smartphones that support Flash.
Do not worry if your smartphone is not listed in the above list. Browse through the Google Play Store and look out for Skype. Here we will be going through some simple tips on how to do the installation, set up and use video call feature on Skype from the beginner level.
After you have installed the Skype application on your smartphone, click on it to bring it to the front. Now you will now be prompted to sign in to your Skype account, if you have an existing account else create a new account.
You can sync all your contacts with the Skype contacts or ignore this step and continue. After you are done syncing, you will be taken to the main page and you will discover four options that are Contacts, Recent, Call phone and Profile. The “Recent” option displays the recent call history or instant message history of the most recent done things. The “Call Phone” button will take you to the screen where you can make physical calls and the “Profile” option button will enable you to update your profile and status message.
With Skype you can make calls from Skype to Skype and Skype to Phone. The call from any Skype account to another Skype account is free with supporting video but you might be charged if you are in a limited data plan. The second option of Skype to Phone video calls are charged at various rates as per the countries you are calling to and calling from.
To make a call, open the Skype Contact list and click on the icon located next to it that says “All Contacts” then choose Skype. Next select the option of Skype Contact then tap on the option of “Call”.
If you are opting for a Skype call to a Phone then click on the option of Call phone. You can browse through your phone contacts, click on the contact list and select the phone number. You can also use the number pad to enter the phone number you want to call. Be sure to provide the correct country code. The calls are billed per minute and you will be billed for all calls made through Skype.
Although Gmail is improving in video chat, Skype still provides better video calling features. Thus you can easily enjoy all the benefits of video calling by using Skype with the help of simple tips mentioned above.