The Skype iPhone app is a cost-effective alternative to traditional phone calls or text messages; instead of using phone minutes, the app uses the Internet to create a seamless communication experience. By setting up the app to connect to the Internet, you can conduct calls and conferences without using your plan's Anytime minutes.

Internet Connection

An active Internet connection is the only thing you need to use Skype on an iPhone. According to the Skype iPhone guide, you must connect your phone to a wireless network or a 3G/4G network before logging in. When connected to a wireless Internet network, you can use the Skype app without affecting your monthly phone bill. If you use Skype through a 3G or 4G connection, however, it will count toward your plan's data allotment. Neither option uses your Anytime minutes, making Skype an excellent option for limited plans or international calls.