Skype for Windows Phone 7-powered handsets was released this weekend, but users seem to be unhappy with its lack of background calling ability and its incompatibility with lower-end devices. Skype was bought by software giant Microsoft Corporation a year ago, and till last week the Beta version of it was available on Windows Marketplace.
In general, the Skype app for Windows Phone functions just like it works on iOS and Android platforms. The user can make calls over 4G, 3G, and Wi-Fi network; make low-cost calls to landlines and cellphones using Skype credits; or manage their contact list and chat with family and friends. By using the Metro User Interface, Skype for Windows Phone looks very slick, too.
However, a few drawbacks on Skype for Windows Phone have been experienced by users. The first one is that it works only on a Windows Phone having 512MB of RAM. In other words, the VoIP app works only with high-end devices on the Windows Phone platform. Users of Windows Phone Tango and those having handsets with 256MB of RAM, such as the Nokia Lumia 610, cannot run it. In other words, Skype for Windows Phone requires use of a Nokia Lumia 710, 800, or 900; an HTC Titan or HTC Radar; or a Samsung Focus S or Samsung Focus Flash.
The second and biggest drawback of Skype for Windows Phone is that it lacks the ability to receive calls in the background. For instance, if the Skype app is not in the foreground, or if the user is working on another app, he won’t be able to receive calls via the Skype app.