But Badoo’s version sets itself apart by being a real-time way to actually interact with someone, as opposed to just let them see a recorded version of yourself.
You have to send at least one text message with a match before you can move into video chat.
In order to use this service, Skype users must buy credit in advance for calls and texts, but at a comparatively low price.
In addition to these services, Skype also offers the Skype for Business application, a fee-based version of the program, which is specially geared towards companies.
Versatile functions: with the chat function, users can send text messages, as well as edit and delete them later.
In addition to being able to contact other users via a video call, the application also boasts an impressive range of other functions.
Users can’t know for certain who (besides those involved in the conversation) has access to the contents of their call or messages.
For example, the whistleblower, Edward Snowden, revealed that the US-based secret service, NSA, can obtain direct access to any Skype conversation via Microsoft.
But which of these applications are really worthwhile?
In the coming articles, we present an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of Skype and 13 alternative video calling programs.