I have had a Skype account for millenia, but it hasn’t been one of those apps that I use on a regular basis. Why? I don’t know for certain, but I only use Skype on demand. I suspect that its the battery drain that I experienced way back that has me conditioned this way. I always have the mobile app installed on my smartphones. I just don’t touch it unless there is a request. I remember that it has come in handy. I was interviewed by a team of research students based in Europe via Skype last year. It was a voice call, but it worked well though all I had was an EDGE connection at the countryside location that I was outside Lagos.
Anyway, a friend requested for a Skype call a few days ago, so I went hunting the app down on the Sony Xperia P. I found it easily and had it running in a moment. We had a bit of a problem getting the video call to work properly, as we had to terminate a couple of calls to reconnect before we got video images. But I suspect that was a network issue. Anyway, we did get a Skype video call working fine, but it was evening and since Power Hoarding Company of Nigeria was on rampage at my friend’s end, video was pretty much useless to us. So, we switched to audio. Suffice to say, that worked fine, though with some breaks here and there.
That call got me thinking: Skype could be just as useful as WhatsApp is in keeping mobile communications costs low. If you have a fairly robust data subscription and contacts on Skype, you could easily cut down on your call costs by using Skype audio calls instead of the regular call facilities from your network. The challenge with using Skype that way would be if your contacts are like me and never launch the app except there is a demand for it. If what I see on my Skype contacts list is anything to go by, however, many of mine might just be like me.
The battery life of the Xperia P is far from stellar, but I am going to keep Skype active for a while to see how much battery drain it does right now. If you use Skype and keep it always connected on your mobile, do share your experiences with battery drain and general usage of the app.