Facetime VS. Skype


Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. Skype is headquartered in Luxembourg. Skype is a tool for online communication that can be used as an instant messaging service or as a phone along with allowing for video chat. Skype offers several services such as

1 skype in which allows for a user to be contacted by a land line number and numbers are assigned for $12 for 3 months or $24 for a year.

2 Users are able to have a video conference call and have been able to do so since 2006

3 Skype Out allows a user to make international calls through their cell phone available to skype pro members only

4 As of 2008 skype has been available on cell phones

5 released for iphone in 2010

Skype is supported on microsoft windows, android, and ios.

Skype requires

For modern windows

1 gig of RAM

a 1.9 gigahertz processor

and must be running windows 8 in order to have the best experience for modern windows

for windows desktop

windows XP vista 7 8 and 8.1

minimum of 512 megabytes of RAM

and at least a 1 gigahertz processor

Currently the only payment plan is for a subscription to make calls internationally to mobile phones




easy to use

widely usable


lacks features

no call blocking

no call return


Facetime is a VOIP service available only on Apple devices. Despite only being available on Apple devices it theoretically would work on several different devices Facetime was developed in house by Apple and was announced by Steve Jobs at the 2010 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.

1 Entire program costs only 99 cents and has no premium option

2 Only compatible with IOS and Mac

3 Can only make calls to other facetime users

4 to call either enter the person's cell phone number or email address

5 when called rings across all the users apple devices

Facetime requirements For Mac

Mac OS X or 10.6.6

requires an apple ID


Must be iphone 4 or later

ipad 2 or later

ipod touch 4th generation or later



high quality

alerts to all devices


will always ring unless you change preferences

only able to contact other facetime users

only available to Mac and IOS users


Skype has 300 million users with 4.9 million daily active users and over 1.4 trillion minutes have been spent on skype

Skype uses 50% more bandwidth than facetime

opinion time!!!

I prefer skype over facetime because it is more widely available and offers more features.

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