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Skype 2.0 for iPhone adds 3G calling

updated 12:15 pm EDT, Sun May 30, 2010

Skype 2 gives rare option of 3G VoIP

Skype this weekend rolled out its long expected Skype 2.0 for iPhone (free, App Store). The update is the first for the iPhone to support 3G calling and treats Skype-to-Skype calls like they were on Wi-Fi. Pure VoIP calls are free until the end of the year and will carry a "small monthly fee" afterwards.

Calls to traditional phone numbers have always cost money and use SkypeOut minutes regardless of what connection is used. Skype's update also brings "CD quality" audio using a more advanced audio codec on Apple's faster hardware, starting from the second-generation iPod touch and including the third-generation model, the iPad and the iPhone 3GS.

The iPhone implementation is one of the few to permit true VoIP calls over 3G. Verizon subscribers have access to a special version of Skype for Android and BlackBerry but are required to use voice minutes whenever away from Wi-Fi, eliminating one of the key advantages of a VoIP app.

by MacNN Staff



  1. DCJ001

    Joined: Dec 1969


    until at least end of August

    "Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August
    2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply)."

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  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: May 2010


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    Skype is the most pathetic pile of c*** I ever seen, there are so many CHEAPER and even FREE VOIP apps out there, I hope that piece of junk company goes bankrupt.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    For a Fee???


    Into the garbage this POS goes!

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: For a Fee???

    But I thought all iPhone users paid for everything and Android users were "freetards"?

    Sounds like one iPhone user does not want to pay for something...

  1. RoosterJuice

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm already using skype on 3g. Now they want to charge me extra for it? LOLOL

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