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Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet.

Skype also provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit text, video, audio and images.

To download and install Skype on a desktop computer, laptop or mobile (iPhone or android) click this link 

Then all you need to do is add me as a new Skype contact. Don't worry, your student is probably going to know how to do this!

Skype data usage
The data used by a Skype video call depends on what devices are involved at either end, and on the 'bandwidth' that is available (i.e. the data transfer rate, or speed of your internet service).

Video calls between two mobile devices using Skype over the cellular network apparently uses about 3.75 MB of data every minute.

If you are on a faster home internet service and making a HD video call, you may use up to about 22.5MB per minute.

The below table shows some approximations of the number of Megabytes used for some typical types of Skype calls - those that don't include videos and those that do.



Call Type

Minimum download / upload speed

download / upload speed

MB used per minute (approx)



30kbps / 30kbps

100kbps / 100kbps

0.25 - 7.5MB


Video calling / Screen sharing

128kbps / 128kbps

300kbps / 300kbps

1 - 2.25MB


Video calling (high-quality)

400kbps / 400kbps

500kbps / 500kbps

3 – 4MB


Video calling (HD)

1.2Mbps / 1.2Mbps

1.5Mbps / 1.5Mbps

9-12MB, but could be up to approx. 22MB