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So Many Calling Features, So Little Cost

Making an international call from a cell phone or landline can cost up to several dollars per minute when using traditional calling methods. If you travel overseas and want to call back to the U.S. from a hotel phone, public pay phone, prepaid calling card, or international roaming through your cell phone's wireless service provider, any of these calling methods will cost you from $.50 to $5.99 (or more) per minute.

Using Skype to call landlines or cell phones costs just pennies per minute, and Skype-to-Skype calls are always free, provided that your iPad 2 has access to a Wi-Fi Internet connection. With a decent Wi-Fi signal, the voice or videoconferencing calls you make using Skype will be crystal clear, with no noticeable delay.

Whether you use Skype for its unlimited free videoconferencing capabilities that allow you to connect with people regardless of what equipment they're using, use it with Wi-Fi to make calls and avoid spending your minute allocation from your cell phone's wireless service provider, or use it to save a fortune to make international calls, this well-designed and easy-to-use app and online service add a lot of powerful communications functionality to your iPad.

Jason R. Rich is an avid iPhone and iPad user as well as the bestselling author of more than 49 books, including the Que titles Your iPad 2 at Work, iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, Using iPhone iOS 5 Edition, and iPad 2 Essentials. He's a frequent contributor to numerous national magazines, major daily newspapers, and popular websites. You can follow him on Twitter (@JasonRich7).

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