How to Use Skype for Mobile and Smart Phones

Skype is a VOIP or voice over internet protocol software that supersedes the cellphone networks. It allows people to communicate over long distances instead of using mobile phones and using airtime. It provides services similar to telecommunication providers except that it uses the internet as its primary mode of communication both for text chat and voice chat.

As long as you have on your smart phone and use one of the recommended mobile data packages or then you will be able to make calls that you normally cannot make when using the services of your local telecommunication companies. You can even make complete free Skype-to-Skype calls when you are using wifi networks in the South Africa or elsewhere.

Skype mobile is a new feature developed by the makers of Skype in order to make phones such as Android phones, Blackberry phones together with iPhone and iPad units compatible with the Skype software application. In order to know more about this brilliant new feature, it is necessary to discuss it per phone.

Skype for android is an application made especially for the Android platform. It is compatible with both Wi-Fi connection and 3G connection, allowing you to make large scale calls via both connections. You can easily connect to other android phone users by using the Wi-Fi connection of the local mall or store situated in your area. You can also make full use of the 3G services being provided by Vodacom, Cell C or MTN if you are located in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth or Pretoria. All there is to it is to install the android based Skype in order to get started.

Blackberry is another mobile phone type that is being widely used in a global scale today. Whether you are situated in Cape Town, Durban or any other major city in South Africa, you will surely be able to see people using blackberry phones. This prompted Skype to develop Skype for Blackberry, an application that is perfect for the blackberry phone with models 2009 and up. This version of Skype allows Blackberry phone users to freely use the Skype application similar to any other Blackberry based application being widely used today.

Skype is also available for the iPhone and iPad. For iPhones, it is already compatible with the first releases as long as the iPhone is 3G compatible. You can also opt to go for the newly released iPhone 4 in order to use the much faster 4G connection for easier calls worldwide. You can also use Skype for iPad. Depending on your accessories you can use either or both text chat and voice chat with this powerful tablet pc or personal computer from the Apple Mac brand.

Whether you have the Skype for Android or Skype for Blackberry or Skype mobile, you will surely be able to make full use of the Skype application wherever you are, whenever you want to. As long as you have a good internet connection then you can easily download and install Skype for any compatible device. You can also buy credits using your mobile or internet plan or via your debit or credit card, whichever you prefer. The best part here is that the credits will already reflect on your Skype balance in as fast as 10 minutes!


Author: RJ Thomas

RJ Thomas is an International Relationship Builder. He was born in South Africa, and moved to China in 2013.

  • li

    I have a Blackberry phone and ahve tried to connect to Skype – how do I connect ???

    • Skype is only supported on these BlackBerry models: BlackBerry® 8830 World Ed

      BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650
      BlackBerry® Curve™ 8330
      BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530
      BlackBerry® Curve™ 9330
      BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530
      BlackBerry® Storm2™ 9550
      BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630

      Go into BlackBerry AppWorld and download it from there.

  • clare

    To use Skype in South Africa on my Tour, do I need to unlock it and use a SIM card, or should I use the Verizon international service?


    • Hi Clare you should check what the cost of Verizon Internation is in South Africa with them before leaving the USA. In South Africa the easiest option is to get a local pre-paid SIM card. Make sure you ask them about data bundles.

  • Daniel de Winnaar

    Where in S.A can I find those models you listed in the top?


  • Hi Daniel try BidorBuy because they have new and second hand stock.

  • nelson

    is my 9300 compatible with skype? it tells me i must have a telkomsel sim…….after downloading….what do i do? thanks

  • Helen

    I have the same issue as nelson