Originally Posted by mstone
I don't have any issues with the Skype app but it will never be a complete replacement for a cell phone so long as you can't call 911. Interestingly you can't call 911 on an iPhone without great difficulty if you are blind. Siri refuses to do that task.
Nevertheless I would not place the blame on Skype for lack of phone numbers in Canada. Skype has phone numbers for all kinds of small third world countries. I don't know the reason for lack of Canada numbers but I would suspect it is some restriction made by Canada not Skype.
The reason is the very understandable fact that you can't make emergency phone calls from Skype as you yourself mention. Canada, (like several other countries), has a very rational and understandable law that you cannot sell a phone service if it cannot be used to dial 911. That's what I was referring to. If Skype would make 911 calls, then Canada would allow it to issue phone numbers in Canada.
I was disappointed when I found out about this of course as you can get phone numbers in the US, UK, etc., but I would argue this is definitely Skypes "fault." Once I understood the restriction it makes total sense. It's a health and safety issue and no country with the wisdom to have the restriction in the first place is going to change it anytime soon. I'm a bit surprised that any country would allow a phone service that cannot be used for emergencies. It's one of the main reason the telephone networks exist in the first place after all.
Anyway, without an actual phone number that's tied to the country of origin, I don't think you can rightly call anything a "phone replacement," so Skype fails on that front unless you are in a country that can get phone numbers. Even then, you have to take the SIM out of your phone, put it in the iPad without telling the carrier, then set up a re-direct so your phone calls from the "real" phone number get routed to your Skype phone number. It's hardly a working system at all.
Skype needs to get their fingers out and step up to the plate in terms of expanding service and fixing these kinds of issues but ever since Microsoft bought them they've been on a long slide into inactivity IMO.