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Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« on: April 03, 2019, 01:10:09 PM »
It might just be my circle, but Whatsapp seems to have taken over from where Skype used to be. Skype is now full of bugs (I had to delete and download it again on one work computer today as it wouldn't open - and on one of my laptops it wont work at all).

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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 01:22:46 PM »
It might just be my circle, but Whatsapp seems to have taken over from where Skype used to be. Skype is now full of bugs (I had to delete and download it again on one work computer today as it wouldn't open - and on one of my laptops it wont work at all).

same here. even my mil in crimea doesnt skype anymore. only whatsapp video chat
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019, 02:30:21 PM »
It might just be my circle, but Whatsapp seems to have taken over from where Skype used to be. Skype is now full of bugs (I had to delete and download it again on one work computer today as it wouldn't open - and on one of my laptops it wont work at all).

same here. even my mil in crimea doesn't skype anymore. only whatsapp video chat

The FIL and MIL are on Whatsapp now too, wifey and both kids are on it. I reluctantly downloaded it for the first time a few weeks ago. I'm on the bigger Chinese version (Wechat) but only coz I deal with folks in China and that is their default app.

What became of Telegram? or is that just a Muslim world thing now?


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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 02:43:52 PM »

What became of Telegram? or is that just a Muslim world thing now?
Nope, its also heavily used in business-chat-apps here in Netherlands (at least where I frequent).

They dislike the NSA spying on them, Doesn't matter if its real or imaginary threat.

Telegram as I recall, was owned by Russia's companies, but after a row with RU-GOV they rebased in UK.
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2019, 02:51:18 PM »
same here. even my mil in crimea doesnt skype anymore. only whatsapp video chat

I chat and work (files, groups) on WhatsApp mostly, though Lithuania \ Belarus \ Ukraine do prefer Viber.

As for video-chats, Skype is my favourite - because I still have it on stationary PC, where I can move the camera, lights, etc. - and do a better staging for the video-chats  :knit:
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2019, 02:58:00 PM »
same here. even my mil in crimea doesnt skype anymore. only whatsapp video chat

I chat and work (files, groups) on WhatsApp mostly, though Lithuania \ Belarus \ Ukraine do prefer Viber.

As for video-chats, Skype is my favourite - because I still have it on stationary PC, where I can move the camera, lights, etc. - and do a better staging for the video-chats  :knit:

Sounds good, my wife/MIL mainly switched over because MIL laptop became older and whatsapp can be run on a mobile and is very mobile when you're chasing your (grand)kids.

Also, the Whatsapp video's seem to be of better sound quality than Skype which degrades sound a lot on lower bandwidths. 20Mbit should be sufficient one thinks, but its not for skype.
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2019, 03:11:44 PM »
Skype finished about 4/5 years ago.. it's prehistoric now.. NO ONE on dating sites says now "Have you Skype" It's what's app only and has been for a few years now..
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« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2019, 03:20:24 PM »
Skype finished about 4/5 years ago.. it's prehistoric now.. NO ONE on dating sites says now "Have you Skype" It's what's app only and has been for a few years now..

My family still uses Skype.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2019, 03:39:00 PM »
Skype finished about 4/5 years ago.. it's prehistoric now.. NO ONE on dating sites says now "Have you Skype" It's what's app only and has been for a few years now..

My family still uses Skype.

Yea but you'r 97 years old?  ;D
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2019, 03:53:14 PM »
Olga is correct in that popularity re Mobile chat apps popularity is country specific..

Viber is still king in Ukraine / Belarus - for example ..


Viber can be run from a PC / Laptop and make calls / video calls - WhatsApp ( official) cannot


Russia?: It's WhatsApp ( Great for Group chats ) and (still ) Telegram !!


Does anyone else use  Google Duo - the video quality is SUPERB on a mobile ?


I'm still a Skype fan - having used it since the early days - can be installed easily -  on most devices and you only need the user id / password - WhatsApp and Viber need more authenticating


One can buy a REALLY cheap Lumina 640 phone (M/soft) and run Skype - swapping sims as you move country with no issues

It is best for multiple person conferences and the latest android variant allows ( on My Samsung S8+ and Linux laptop )  rapid screen shots ..

Using a good quality USB / HD Video camera on a decent laptop WAY beats most mobiles


If you (or the person you are calling) has a poor  signal - Telegram will ( normally ) be the last to drop the call  / get through









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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2019, 06:54:50 PM »
Skype finished about 4/5 years ago.. it's prehistoric now.. NO ONE on dating sites says now "Have you Skype" It's what's app only and has been for a few years now..

My family still uses Skype.

Yea but you'r 97 years old?  ;D

I maybe old as the hills (well not quite) but my step-son is 40, lives in the US makes over $150k and his wife makes over $100k a year and they both use Skype for domestic and calls to Russia.  He works for facebook by the way.
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2019, 01:35:47 AM »
Skype finished about 4/5 years ago.. it's prehistoric now.. NO ONE on dating sites says now "Have you Skype" It's what's app only and has been for a few years now..

My family still uses Skype.

Yea but you'r 97 years old?  ;D

I maybe old as the hills (well not quite) but my step-son is 40, lives in the US makes over $150k and his wife makes over $100k a year and they both use Skype for domestic and calls to Russia.  He works for facebook by the way.

He works for facebook by the way.. He should be asking for a pay rise!! ;D
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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2019, 01:44:39 AM »
We (Wife and I) both use Whats App these days, we have just come back from abroad (Outside the EU) and WhatsApp to back home was great quality and free. Wifey uses it all the time now, a few times a day with Ukraine.

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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2019, 09:09:56 AM »
I use Skype almost exclusively. I have never had a client say 'let's pop over to WhatsApp for a video call' but it often happens with Skype. Skype integrates fully with mobile and landline networks at high quality. The chat is fine, but I always prefer to confirm details with email because, like other chat clients, search and indexing is a bugger.

On the other hand, when dealing with housekeepers, plumber, and tradesmen, WhatsApp is more favoured because they don't use email or sometimes even own a PC so Facebook is, for them, the Internet. Even then, I prefer to stick to Messenger, how many bloody chat or free call apps does one need, especially when Whats App and Facebook Messenger share the same userbase and often contact info.

I have several geographically based Skype numbers that clients, friends, and family can call me on saving them money and giving me a more local appearance which shouldn't but does, help when dealing with buyers.

Bottom line, WhatsApp and others are cheapy toys for folks who have simple needs and are happy to get stuff for free in exchange for their personal data. Skype is always live on any of my Internet-connected devices, the others, people have to ask me to use and I go download the app, or spin it up from storage. In terms of raw numbers, there might even be more users of WhatsApp than Skype these days, but the people I want to communicate with I get on Skype or call them directly on their phone.
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2019, 09:16:42 AM »
I use Skype almost exclusively. I have never had a client say 'let's pop over to WhatsApp for a video call' but it often happens with Skype. Skype integrates fully with mobile and landline networks at high quality. The chat is fine, but I always prefer to confirm details with email because, like other chat clients, search and indexing is a bugger.

On the other hand, when dealing with housekeepers, plumber, and tradesmen, WhatsApp is more favoured because they don't use email or sometimes even own a PC so Facebook is, for them, the Internet. Even then, I prefer to stick to Messenger, how many bloody chat or free call apps does one need, especially when Whats App and Facebook Messenger share the same userbase and often contact info.

I have several geographically based Skype numbers that clients, friends, and family can call me on saving them money and giving me a more local appearance which shouldn't but does, help when dealing with buyers.

Bottom line, WhatsApp and others are cheapy toys for folks who have simple needs and are happy to get stuff for free in exchange for their personal data. Skype is always live on any of my Internet-connected devices, the others, people have to ask me to use and I go download the app, or spin it up from storage. In terms of raw numbers, there might even be more users of WhatsApp than Skype these days, but the people I want to communicate with I get on Skype or call them directly on their phone.

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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2019, 09:25:08 AM »
I'm a big fan of Skype, but if you are using them for provision of Geographic numbers you might as well fill your car with Super unleaded - rather than premium

There are FAR better, and cheaper options

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Re: Is Skype Dead? Has Whatsapp, Wechat or Telegram Taken Over?
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2019, 02:48:12 PM »
Wifey and dochka are in Russia right now, they video called me today on Whatsapp and the quality was perfect.

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2019, 03:27:27 PM »
One shop sells the best socks, one shop sells the best shirts, another sells the best suits. And for the cheapest go to the market.

Or one says, for convenience quality and value I go to Marks and Spencer. I don't need the cheapest, and I seek convenience.

Usually, when some random mong tells me that something is cheaper or better than the thing that has served me well for many years, that thing is neither cheaper nor better.
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« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2019, 09:36:57 PM »
I'm a big fan of Skype, but if you are using them for provision of Geographic numbers you might as well fill your car with Super unleaded - rather than premium

There are FAR better, and cheaper options

what in the world are you talking about?  Skype is FREE.  And for long distance calls to North America unlimited they are $3/ month.  Must be high tariffs for UK calls  :laugh: :laugh:

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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2019, 10:05:31 AM »

Guy from Iraq works for me and he uses WhatsApp to chat with family in London and in Iraq.

I never did Skype. Never like the scheduled meetings. I prefer women who valued me enough to get their phone number which allows me to call them at random times.

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« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2019, 10:46:49 AM »
Er, BillyB

What makes you think Skype calls need to be 'scheduled' ?

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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2019, 10:51:41 AM »

Guy from Iraq works for me and he uses WhatsApp to chat with family in London and in Iraq.

I never did Skype. Never like the scheduled meetings. I prefer women who valued me enough to get their phone number which allows me to call them at random times.

I use Skype to call 'real; numbers. One of the benefits of Skype, but not unique to them, is that Skype becomes the communications hub that one uses. Most of my contacts are in my Skype account and even if making a voice call on my smartphone I will often use Skype rather than my mobile phone account. As a result, my mobile phone bill is nowadays less than €10 per month, including data. Skype gives more options, it does not reduce them.
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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2019, 01:58:16 PM »

Guy from Iraq works for me and he uses WhatsApp to chat with family in London and in Iraq.

I never did Skype. Never like the scheduled meetings. I prefer women who valued me enough to get their phone number which allows me to call them at random times.

I use Skype to call 'real; numbers. One of the benefits of Skype, but not unique to them, is that Skype becomes the communications hub that one uses. Most of my contacts are in my Skype account and even if making a voice call on my smartphone I will often use Skype rather than my mobile phone account. As a result, my mobile phone bill is nowadays less than €10 per month, including data. Skype gives more options, it does not reduce them.

You are talking to people that do not know how to use skype.
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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2019, 02:11:06 PM »

You are talking to people that do not know how to use skype.

I think that you are right. :(
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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2019, 04:29:48 PM »
I dislike skype , mostly because it can't get enough sound quality to understand my mother inlaw + her laptop is so old and her phone won't install skype (Crimea).

Since I don't use skype personally and all my business contacts don't either, i see little use in it.
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