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Using Skype On Your iPhone To Save Text Messages
As smart phones become more popular there are more and more apps designed to make communication and your life in general easier. Skype is a program that allows users to message, voice chat and video chat over a computer. Communications between computers are free, no matter where the users are located. This makes communicating in your home office or from a laptop convenient. But, when you are on the go, how can you still use Skype to keep in touch? Skype released an iPhone app, allowing you to sign into and use Skype from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. Now you can message, chat and video chat while on the go, let's look at the app to see how it will work for you.
To start out you may want to download Skype to your desktop or laptop at home to creat an account. Google "Skype" and you will find the companies website, it is a free download. Once you have it go ahead and create an account. You might as well search for anyone you know that already has a Skype account.
Once you have your account you can go to the app store on your iPhone, Touch or iPad. Search for Skype within the app store and you will find it, again it is a free download. Download the app, then sign in using the account you created. If you are like me, you can create a new account that is specific to your mobile device. I did this so that my wife can be signed on at home to our normal account and I can chat with her from my iPhone while we are at work.
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Messaging and Chat
Once you have the app downloaded and you sign into it, you are ready to start using Skype to communicate. You can start by messaging anyone that is online. The other user will have to be on their own Skype enabled phone, or on a computer. You can chat back and forth as much as you like without using up the text messages that are a part of your phone bill. My wife and I do this a lot when I am at work and she is at home. She is able to use the computer instead of her phone, which has saved us hundreds of text messages each month.
If you are using one of the newer iPhones that supports multi-tasking, Skype becomes even more convenient. You can still browse the internet, or like I often do, you can listen to Pandora while you are messaging on Skype.
If you have a Wi-fi signal, or a strong enough cellular signal you can even voice and video chat using Skype. I have chatted with my brother in Malaysia while I was fishing in Colorado. Because of the time differences where we live, we often aren't able to talk, but having Skype with me enabled me to chat with him when I was away from the house.
If you haven't tried out Skype yet, download it from the app store on your mobile device, or from your computer and start chatting with your friends and family.