FACETIME OR SKYPE?

FaceTime

History

FaceTime was released on June 24, 2010 after Steve Jobs' keynote speech on it on June 7. However, the idea for FaceTime came about on January 5 of 2010. Later in the year, in October, FaceTime became available on the Mac. The next year on January 2, 2011, FaceTime first appeared on the iPad 2 and the next month on the 24, it became available in the App Store for 99 cents. The app is available on the iPhone 4 and later generations, the iPad 2 and later generations, and a computer with OS X.

What You Need

Unfortunately, FaceTime is only available on Apple devices and you can only talk to other people with an Apple device that supports FaceTime. The app is in the App Store for 99 cents but it is one of the apps that every Apple product comes with when you first purchase it.

Payment

  • 99 cents in App Store
  • Pre-downloaded on iOS 4 or later operating systems

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Easily connects Apple users to other Apple users
  • Provides a quick and simple way to keep in touch with friends and family by means different from calling and texting.
  • Easy to use
  • Pre-downloaded on most Apple products
  • If Wi-Fi is available, it will connect using Wi-Fi and not cellular data

Disadvantages:

  • You can't connect with non-Apple users.
  • If Wi-Fi is poor or your cellular connection weak, it's hard to hear and the playback is slow.
  • Only available on Apple products.
  • Only iOS 4 Apple products are compatible with the program.
  • Drains battery very quickly

Skype

History

Skype has a longer history then FaceTime. It was released eleven years ago in August of 2003. It was founded by Janus Friis and Niklas Zennström. Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jann Tallinn co-created the software for the program. On August 29, 2003, the first public beta version was released.

In 2005, eBay purchased Skype for about 2.5 billion dollars and in early '06, video call was introduced. Throughout 2006, many updates were enacted. Connection fees for SkypeOut calls were enacted; it was released for Windows and for Mac; and SkypeCasts were introduced. The next year, versions 3.1, 3.2, and 3.5 were released each bringing about Skype Find, Prime, and Send Money.

In 2008, Josh Silverman became the new CEO. Also, version 3.8 was released for Windows operating systems. In the year 2009, eBay sold 70% of Skype to many investors and the app was released for iPhone and Android. Skype 4.0 introduced full screen and HD video calling.

A year later, Skype 5.0 was released enabling users to have group calls with up to four people. The program became available on internet connected televisions and the app for the iPhone was updated so calls could be made using 3G. in 2011, Microsoft purchased SKype for 8.5 billion.

What You Need

  • Available on most computers and smartphones.
  • The application
  • A compatible operating system or iOS.

Payment

  • Free in Apple app store.
  • Free for basic version.
  • Premium version is $5 dollars a month.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Cuts cost of business calls
  • Allows you to keep in touch with friends and family
  • Available on most operating systems
  • Can connect with anyone who has an account
  • Price is low
  • Instant messaging

Disadvantages:

  • International calls cost money
  • Requires Wi-Fi or 3G to run.
  • Hackers are drawn to Skype
  • Children are at risk
  • Costs money for premium account

Stats for FaceTime and Skype

As of January 2012, Skype has 31 million users.With Skype users with a basic account can get voice and video calls and instant messaging to all other Skype users. With premium, users can call to mobiles and land lines worldwide, text, and have a group video call with up to fifteen people. With FaceTime, the calls don't count against regular minutes, the audio quality is superior to a regular cell phone connection, and it doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection. There is no definite number as to how many people use FaceTime but it is usually pre-downloaded on most Apple devices.

Opinion

In my personal opinion, I prefer FaceTime over Skype because FaceTime is free and requires no account set up. You don't need a Wi-Fi connection to use it and it comes pre-downloaded on most Apple products. I can chat with the people I want to but only if they have an Apple device, which most of my friends and family do. FaceTime is just more convenient for me and seems a lot easier to use, personally.

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