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3G Skype not coming to iPhone for some time?

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri April 9, 2010

Famous VoIP app continues to be crippled

In spite of a demonstration of Skype running with new features on iPhone 4.0 firmware, 3G support for the VoIP app may not be coming for a while, a Wired article suggests. The app was recently updated for v3.x devices but continues to lack 3G, a potentially cost-saving option given AT&T's unlimited data plans and reversal of stance on VoIP technology. Several other apps already support 3G VoIP, such as Fring.

A poster to Skype's forums, however, claims that after running into company blogger Peter Parkes, he was told that the issue is either AT&T's inability to handle the network traffic, or an exclusive deal with Verizon. Indeed Verizon smartphones have just gained access to 3G-ready Skype apps. The rumor is unverified, but might make sense given Skype's popularity and Verizon's need to lure people away from AT&T and the iPhone.









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  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Clueless Skype

    I've got Skype account, but haven't found their phone offerings interesting. I use it only to talk with a friend in Tokyo.

    Why? Because the distinction Skype makes between incoming and outgoing calling may make sense in a few isolated contexts, but it makes no sense to the average person who is just looking for a telephone replacement. For long calls that would eat up cellular minutes, I went with MagicJack instead. It's cheap but reliable.

    If Skype had a app for the iPhone/touch and MagicJack didn't, I might be interested. But now I hear that Skype may have worked out an exclusive deal with Verizon that will mean that they'll stall and delay on bringing full Skype calling to the iPhone/touch/iPad.

    Not very impressive, Skype. Apple at least has some excuses for their exclusive deal with AT&T.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Not So Clueless Skype

    You should watch the iPhone OS 4 demo video that was posted yesterday. The CEO of Skype was invited to demonstrate the next version of Skype for iPhone OS 4, and the Skype calling works about as smoothly as standard cell phone calls, especially with the multitasking support so it can stay connected in the background at all times. It certainly was not hobbled in any way, besides the possibility that it may only work via WiFi if you're on AT&T. There is also word of the iPhone coming to Verizon this fall, so who knows, maybe 3G Skype calls will be possible on iPhones sooner than we may think.

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Yet another reason why

    (If you don't mind carrying 3 devices) a 3G to Wi-fi modem, an iPod Touch and a regular phone make more sense than an iPhone. I can use Skype on 3G with my iPod Touch right now!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Uh

    Yeah, or you could just jailbreak an iPhone.

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