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Skype, low-cost calling come to iPhone

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

Skype comes to iPhone

Shape Services on Monday introduced Skype for iPhone. IM+ is the company's Web application designed for the Safari Web browser that accesses the Skype ecosystem from a mobile environment, allowing users to make phone calls using Skype. Designed specifically for the iPhone's touch-screen, IM+ for Skype iPhone is available for free to all iPhone users for a limited time. Users can talk to Skype contacts or call any landlines as well as mobiles. IM+ for Skype uses SkypeOut credits for voice communication to ensure cost-effective calling to any number around the world, and provides nearly free calling from an iPhone to any PC with Skype or any land-line/mobile number for SKype Unlimited and Skype Pro plan users.








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  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gray postage stamp

    Not Much There.

  1. freudling

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Scam?

    Followed the link, looks like a skype operation but with further inspection I think it is a non-skype entity, porting to skype. Then they ask you for your username and password, plus phone number. Looks like a bit of a scam.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    A little research

    The URL is registered by someone in Europe with only a year lease. If this was really Skype doing this, one would think they would have taken a wee bit more effort into it.

    Now the link for the site is down. I hope nobody provided any personal information to them.

  1. jolipoli

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    shapeservices

    Info about this at:

    http://www.shapeservices.com/en/products/details.php?product=skype&platform=iphone

    I have not found out how to register for this, but it appears the 404 at the web site linked in the article is because you haven't gone in as a registered user.

    Anyone who figures out how to get in, let me know. ::grin::

  1. jolipoli

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    by the way

    This is a service that accesses the Skype API, not endorsed, etc. by Skype.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Skype IM service

    The URL to ShapeServices is below. They have provided IM+ for Palm, Blackberry and other mobile phone platforms for a number of years.

    http://www.shapeservices.com/en/index.php

  1. jolipoli

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    found it

    Well, I finally found it, there was an "enter" button that I either missed, or wasn't there when I previously looked.

    But the service appears to use a "callback" system that calls the phone number I entered as my phone at the same time it is calling the number I wanted to call, rather than making the call over the internet. That was not quite was I was looking for- I wanted a way to place a call when I was away from my phones but had access to the internet.

    It did make for a pretty funny scene as I used the Skype/iPhone to call both my home phone and my cell phone- I had no idea why all those phones were ringing.

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