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What is Better than Skype?

Updated on June 1, 2017

What is Skype used for?

Skype is used as a free communication tool so that people can have a virtual meeting or video conference over the internet. It is a VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) platform. Skype is, of course, a great way to communicate. But, it's not without it's problems.

Many people have been asking me 'What is better than Skype?' particularly over the holiday season when they want to speak to friends and family abroad. Sometimes there can be a poor sound quality or connection on skype. Skype do charge for some services, particularly calls to mobile phones and land lines.

While skype could work out cheaper than calling from one landline or mobile to the other, I would still argue that Google hangouts is the way to go. You can have video conferences with more than one person at a time, without paying for the privilage. You will both need a Smartphone or computer on the internet. For the cost you will save in calls, I think it's definitely worth it, and much better than skype.

I will be exploring how to use these video conferencing methods, and why I think that Google Plus is a better option.

Advantages of Skype

If you are trying to contact someone who does not have a computer or internet access but does have a phone, skype could work well for you, because it offers cheaper calls than mobile or landline to mobile or landline. You can actually buy a skype phone with a headset, and top up credit to make calls. However, if you are using Skype to contact someone else for an internet call or video conference, you may experience poor call quality. In this situation, I would recommend having a look at Google +.

Skype books on Amazon

How To Skype - The No Nonsense Guide To Skype
How To Skype - The No Nonsense Guide To Skype

Dave Barry's No Nonsense guide to Skype is the best that I have found as it explains how to use Skype step by step for beginners.

 

How do you set up a Skype Account?

  1. First, go to www.skype.com
  2. Click on get Skype.
  3. Click the green button to download Skype - it should say 'Get SKype for Windows Desktop'
  4. When you have downloaded the software, you will also need to create an account...https://login.skype.com/account/signup-form?return_url=https%3A%2F%2Fsecure.skype.com%2Fportal%2Foverview
  5. If you already have a Facebook or Microsoft account, you can link them, and this will automatically fill in your profile.
  6. If you do not have a Microsoft or Facebook account, go ahead and fill in your name, email and profile details. You will be asked to create a Skype name and password (remember these!) and then click the green 'I agree' button once you have checked your information and agreed to the terms and conditions.

Why Google + is better than Skype

There are 5 key reasons why I think that Google + hangouts are better than Skype...

1. Better sound quality

2. Better picture quality

3. Better Features

4. Easier to use

5. Improves your online presence through social media

How to use Google Hangouts

What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us
What the Plus!: Google+ for the Rest of Us

Guy Kawasaki explains Google + extremely clearly. He presents an argument as to why it is the social network of the future and has better facilities than other social media platforms such as Facebook.

 

Google Hangouts Special Effects

Surprise your friends and family with the special effects of Google Hangouts. Add a dog face, pirate hat or birthday cake!
Surprise your friends and family with the special effects of Google Hangouts. Add a dog face, pirate hat or birthday cake!
Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything (2nd Edition) (Que Biz-Tech)
Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything (2nd Edition) (Que Biz-Tech)

This is the best book that I have found that focuses on using Google + for marketing your business.

 

What is better than Skype? Other Free VOIP and SMS Options

In addition to Skype and Google Hangouts, there are many other free messaging applications to help you to communicate.

  1. What's App - This application can be downloaded on your iPhone or Smartphone. Although it will not do video conferencing, it works perfectly for instant messaging, which is free if you have WIFI. You can also record and send voice messages and send photos for free.
  2. Facetime - If you have an iPhone, you can download Facetime for free video conferencing. You can also install the Facebook messages app for free messaging when online.
  3. ZOOM - Zoom can also be downloaded as a free app for video conferencing. The advantage of zoom is that you can have more than one member of the conference on at the same time. We have recently done an Arbonne training conference with 20 team members on zoom. You can create a conference and send out a link or an ID to your team so that they can join the meeting.

Zoom!

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      Kanai Adhikary 11 months ago

      Apart from Skype, you may try tools like R-HUB web conferencing servers, webex, gotomeeting etc. for all your online conferencing needs.

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      Neat I didn't think of the Google product until you said.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I am very glad to hear that Google is on par or better than Skype. Thanks for a great breakdown.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I haven't had an opportunity to use Google+ hangout as yet, since I have been using Skype which does have annoying connectivity problems sometimes. Thanks for sharing amy-trumpeter.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      I've only used Skype, but I may check out some of the other choices.

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LisaHonan: : Thank you for your message which will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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      LisaHonan 3 years ago

      A paid for platform - free platforms no good for business meetings

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I will check on g+ as it is looking ahead and in tech its always better in move fast.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't used either yet. Looks like I'll be trying both and seeing which works best for me.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      I use Skype but I am searching around to find different views on a similar service. Your lens offers some nice points which I will take into consideration. Thank you for publishing it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i used to own a skypephone lol!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have had good success with OoVoo ... but use Skype and Google.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      I have used Skype in a video conference but it was not the best so I am always looking for more ideas.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I prefer to talk in person rather than via the internet or the telephone.

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Interesting lens. I have never used Google+ Hangouts but I am going to give them a try. I've always used Skype, but sometimes the quality is terrible.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      I have already used Skype and Google+ Hangouts and I must say that I prefer Google. What a cool topic! Thanks a lot for sharing this awesome lens!

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      giftito 4 years ago

      Very interesting information - thank you for sharing.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: both of you need to be "online" tht is logged into skype to be able to start a video call - this is shown on the left with a grean sign next to the names :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Skype, very memory intensive but a great free way to communicate with people round the world.

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've just set up Skype a week ago, but so far have not managed a video call, although I have tried! I only have 4 prospective contacts, and can never get hold of them. I suppose I need more practice, but I like the idea. Too soon for me to say whether I think it's any good, let alone try something else

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      niels010 4 years ago

      Squidlike your lens! Facetime on the Iphone is also a great way to communicate but Skype is the best there is in my opinion

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      Amy Trumpeter 4 years ago from Oxford

      @malena10: Absolutely! But do try Google+ hangouts if you haven't before. If you do, I really think that you will see the difference! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      malena10 4 years ago

      Skype is excellent to communicate with people all over the world without delaying sound. But it requires a good internet connection.

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      Just dropping by, I am interested to know also what is better than Skype.