Skype for Mac

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EDITORS’ REVIEW

Skype for Mac allows you to call your contacts and video chat with them, as well as make phone calls to landlines or cell phones. It’s also capable of hosting conference calls and group video calls, and offers an accessible text messaging platform. Overall, this is one of the best and most appealing communication apps for OS X.

PROS

High quality: Skype for Mac’s innovative VoIP technology provides high-quality audio and video communication. During our extensive use of Skype, with both local and international calls, we have consistently had positive experiences with the clear communication that this application provides. As long as you have a reliable Internet connection, you will be able to quickly and easily call or video chat with friends, family, and colleagues from around the globe.

Low prices: The rates for both domestic and international calls are inexpensive when compared to traditional phone costs or other Internet communication services. If you use Skype extensively, you can choose monthly plans that will save you even more on your bills. This app can help you lower your communication costs.

CONS

Not a replacement for your phone: Although you can call landlines and cell phones, and even purchase your own phone number through Skype, this application is not a replacement for having a phone. Skype does not offer local emergency 911 services, nor does it allow the recipients of your text messages to reply to them, unless you have a verified cell phone number with Skype.