Is Skype a VoIP Service or VoIP App?

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Question: Is Skype a VoIP Service or VoIP App?

Before answering this question, let us see what both VoIP Service and VoIP App mean.

Answer:

A VoIP service is the phone service that a VoIP provider company offers to customers, allowing them to make very cheap calls locally and internationally. VoIP is a technology that allows you to make free or cheap calls, with a lot more features compared to the traditional phone system.

Hence, if you have your VoIP equipment (like phone, VoIP adapter, VoIP client etc.), you can use them to make and receive calls through the VoIP service.

A VoIP app (which is short for application) is an application program/software that you install on your computer or mobile device, such as a smartphone, that connects to a VoIP service through the Internet or a dedicated network, allowing you to make VoIP calls. A VoIP is also known as a VoIP client, and sometimes called a softphone app.

There are VoIP services out there that do not offer a VoIP app; you can use a VoIP app of your own. There are also VoIP apps that are not linked to any VoIP service, and that you can use with any VoIP service supporting the appropriate standards (e.g. SIP). It is however more common to see VoIP services offering their own VoIP app. Skype is the perfect example.

So, to answer the question, Skype is primarily a VoIP service, which also offers a VoIP App.

To be able to use that service, users need to install Skype’s VoIP App on their computers, mobile phones, smartphones etc.

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