Skype for iPad: A great way to stay in touch for remote workers

Skype for iPad: A great way to stay in touch for remote workers

Summary: Staying in touch is important for telecommuters, and Skype for the iPad is an outstanding way to do that.


Those of us who work at home have a real need to keep in touch regularly with coworkers. It is a vital way to deal with the isolationism that is an unavoidable part of working at home.

A good way to stay in touch is through video calls, and Skype on the iPad has become my preferred method for doing so. When you think iPad, Skype is not the first app that comes to mind but perhaps it should be.

I video chat with colleagues and friends regularly most work days to keep in touch with the real world. I have done so using just about every method available, but until I settled on Skype on the iPad I found most falling short.

I like Facetime on iOS but many of my contacts don't use it, which is a killer for that method for video calls. Almost everybody I know uses Skype, so that's the best thing for me to use.

The current version of Skype works flawlessly on the iPad, and I find it a great way to make these regular video calls. For those times when IM is more appropriate Skype handles that. If my colleague doesn't want to turn on his/her video camera, Skype does voice calls, too.

I have been using Skype exclusively for IM, audio, and video calls for a few weeks, and it has yet to fail me. The audio quality on the iPad is superb, and Skype uses the iPad's front camera beautifully for video calls.

Using the iPad for these calls lets me have the conversation even while sitting at my desktop system. I can use Skype without interrupting other work, and no one is the wiser. I have yet for anybody to guess I was on the iPad, and all are surprised when I tell them. The call quality is simply terrific, with no headset required.

Staying in touch is important for remote workers, and Skype is the standard in the business world. Instead of cranking up Skype on your PC or Mac, give it a try on the iPad and you'll see why it is my preferred method for business conversations.

Special thanks to Stefan Etienne of Laptopmemo for permission to use the screen image of a recent Skype call.

Topics: iPad, Collaboration, Mobility, Social Enterprise

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  • I use Skype on my iPad too

    The problem is that I get gorilla arms when I reach across the keyboard to tap the screen. Have you found a solution to this problem?
  • Guess I'm just old-fashioned...

    I use this thing called the "telephone". Maybe you've heard of it? Been around for years, and does the job just great. I have no need (or desire) to see the people I'm talking to - most of them aren't that attractive. I'd much rather just hear their voice while I'm looking at other things.
    You should just label this post what it is - an advertisement for Skype. It's certainly not "Mobile News" as it's categorized.
    • Maybe .... just maybe ...

      You should learn about the product before posting stupid statements.

      Are you really that tech illiterate to think that Skype is only video calls??

      Here is a simple hint: INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR FREE (or at very low cost if calling a non-Skype line).
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  • My preference is Google voice... :-)

    Since calling my mom on landline costs me $0.04 using Google voice and $0.14 using Skype.

    Another advantage for me is good application integration with Samsung galaxy s2 that I have. My wife is also fond of Google voice on her Evo 4G.

    Solid Water
  • not a very thorough article...

    I've been using Skype for a couple of years so this is certainly not a "new" thing, but I was always surprised at why more people didn't use it. It works great on phones or tablets as well as a computer (and it works over 3G/4G unlike FaceTime). Full screen video is also a nice feature.

    Not mentioned it its screen and file sharing function. Sure you can chat, but sending web links and transferring files can be useful as well and you can do that in the middle of a conversation, although the video naturally gets put on hold, audio is still there. Having audio there while you are doing other things, or sharing your screen, is a great support tool and it's easy to get back to the video. This is not a remote utility like VNC or remote desktop, you don't even have mouse control, but with the audio active you can talk people where to click, what to type, etc.

    I find it smoother that Google's version, but I can't speak on pricing - I only use it for video. Just now is my employer wanting to use the premium version for video conference (and it's only around $60/year).

    Personally, I only use it over Wi-Fi and it's pretty good, but can get slight delayed/ghosted/pixelated video, or echo audio on occasion (decent Wi-Fi and it's very tolerable) - I would recommend a wired connection for professional use.