Tango vs Skype – How Do the Free Voice Calling Apps Stack Up against Each Other?

About a decade ago, video calling was a dream for many people.

Today, many people make video calls on a daily basis. Video calling is convenient and affordable and has made the world a much smaller place. There are a myriad of apps you can use to chat with friends and family through video. Tango and Skype are among the best and most popular.

Here is a blow by blow comparison of these two apps:


Tango is one of the fastest growing free calling apps available for Android and iOS. It is a VOIP application that can be easily downloaded from Android Market and App Store. Users of this app are not required to register as their phone number is used as the user ID. It takes a new user about 5 seconds to sign up.

Tango is easy to use and does not require you to upload contacts manually. It pulls contacts from those saved in your phone. This means that you will be able to make calls and send messages for free to your friends and family who have the app installed. To make video calls, you will need a fast and reliable internet connection. If you want to save on your data costs, it would be best to use Wi-Fi.


Skype was the first entrant into the space. It is also one of the most popular. It allows you to send messages and hold video and voice chats with anyone in the world for free. Skype works across a variety of devices and platforms. It works on practically any smart device that can shoot videos – this includes laptops, tablets, smartphones and desktops. Skype also allows you to make calls to phones anywhere in the world at a minimal cost. You have to purchase Skype credit in order to do this. Skype comes in handy for professionals and business owners as they can hold video conferences with colleagues and partners all over the world in real time.

How Tango and Skype Compare

– Tango has a great feature that allows the person you are chatting with to see your surroundings. This is not present in Skype
– While you have to add contacts manually in Skype, Tango automatically syncs with your phone’s contacts list.
– Skype supports more devices than tango and is, therefore, more convenient.
– Skype comes with a patented CODEC that is not present in any other video calling app.

Tango is still quite new in the market and has a long way to go to catch up with Skype. Nevertheless, it still has a lot of potential and might just usurp part of Skype’s market if the makers play their cards right. They should address compatibility issues and make the app available on more platforms. Skype, on the other hand, has the upper hand in this duel, but the makers should consider having a mobile app that works just as well as the PC version.

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