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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by wunay, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. wunay

    wunay Android Enthusiast
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    In UK.

    I have a Galaxy S4 on PAYG with T-Mobile. I also have 3G mobile data available.
    Skype V4.0.0.19550 is installed on the S4 and I am able to make very satisfactory video calls using either low or high quality video whilst on Wi-Fi.

    With no Wi-Fi connection and using Mobile Data I am able to make a connection but the video aspect freezes after a couple of seconds using low or high quality video.

    The adverts show people using 3G and video calling with no seeming problem. Is it me or is it overzealous advertising?

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  2. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    The only reason that this would not work that I know of is the speed of the connection.

    Try the speedtest app and see what your 3G speed is like compared to wifi. My bet is that it's a simple bandwidth issue.
  3. wunay

    wunay Android Enthusiast
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    I have had 3Mbps using Mobile Data and the situation is as described, currently this evening that is only 1.15Mbps. If I use Wi-Fi then it is about 31Mbps. On those figures I could accept that Mobile Data is insufficient - but on the advertising they make no mention of the speed needed to use Mobile Data efficiently.
  4. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    I would have thought that speed would have been absolutely fine. Skype doesn't use a huge amount of bandwidth so if you really are getting 3Mbps, I suspect my first guess was wrong - sorry.

    In fact I have very poor reception where I am now and only have about 900kbps. I was able to do a Skype video call to my wife using 3G and, while it was a little choppy, it definitely worked reasonably well.
  5. wunay

    wunay Android Enthusiast
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    I have just checked the S4 and the download speed is 1.65Mbps. I tried using Skype to my laptop and the laptop displays the same message as my main PC that the connection is too slow. The icon on the S4 displays H+. Not 3G??
  6. wunay

    wunay Android Enthusiast
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    If my connection speed is NOT the issue, then can anyone suggest as to the reason for freezing of my sent video. I am on PAYG could that have anything to do with it?

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