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  • Skype Walks Back 3G FaceTime Support


    A quote from an anonymous source suggesting that Skype would implement FaceTime video calling was "clarified" by a company representative today. The spokesperson told Electronista that Skype wants to "see how this process unfolds" but remains interested in bringing 3G video chat capabilities to its iPhone app, similar to the two-way video calling functionality in the Skype app for the Nokia N900 phone.

    Stuart Miles had reported on his Pocket-lint blog about a conversation he'd had with an anonymous contact inside Skype who told him the company "would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple" on implementing FaceTime support inside its iPhone app. With Apple allowing only limited, WiFi-only usage of FaceTime natively under iOS 4, these comments raised hopes that Skype might build video calling into its iPhone app, which allows supporting (temporarily) free calls over 3G. Even stronger hints came from the anonymous source's further comment that it wanted to bring FaceTime calling "not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices."

    That enthusiasm got a big pail of cold water dumped on it by another Skype spokesperson, who confirmed the prior statements, but limited them by saying they only referred to Skype's desire to provide the "best possible experience" of video calling to Skype users. The "process" referred to Steve Jobs's plan - presented at the keynote address on Monday - to make FaceTime an open standard for video calling that could be supported by multiple devices and manufacturers. No timetable has yet been announced for a release of the FaceTime specification, which is built on existing standards like h.264, AAC, SIP, STUN, TURN, ICE, RTP, and SRTP.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Skype Walks Back 3G FaceTime Support started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. smoothcreak's Avatar
      smoothcreak -
      My favorite part of all this is the people ******** about the same things over and over again in every new posting. Take what you have and deal with it. BY THE WAY IF YOU WANT TO ***** LEARN HOW TO SPELL!!!
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      I don't think this will ever catch on as a standard unless it can be used over 3G!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      I don't think this will ever catch on as a standard unless it can be used over 3G!
      Yea but who really wants to use video calling as a standard way to make calls. Even the land line video calls didn't make it; I can see it far less useful on the mobile as a standard. Now for certain cases I can see how it would be very useful but I wouldn't do this walking down the street or things of that nature.
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Even the land line video calls didn't make it;
      You have a really good point there pinche cerote, you are smart, why bother with all this conversation, if we needed video calling we would buy another phone a long time ago, if it have it ok cool, lets wait first to come out, test the thing and then theres gona be a discussion forum with stupid question like. "they can see me but can see them" or "doesnt start please help" or my personal favorite "need help please" with what stupid?
      Till then lets just relax and wait till june 25 or ask gizmodo to borrow the phone for a while.
    1. ErikiPhone's Avatar
      ErikiPhone -
      First, why make video land line if you can use skype at home much cheaper?!
      Second, mobile video calls are much more practical, as you can share views and emotions at the moment- LIVE. I've seen myself in Japan (where all this talks would seem ancient scripts), how a guy in the supermarket walks through the shelves showing to his wife with his phone whats on them and she would tell him what to take!
      Third, the problem with skype on mobiles is that it makes usual calls too cheap, so what cell companies do in some countries (no idea how) they block the calling function on your device, so you use skype as a mobile chat only.
      The issue emerged due to purely economic factors. If it would "democratic technology to everyone" we would've lived in Azimov's world by now.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I would have been happy with skype over WiFi. Honestly, that would have been a large selling point of the phone for me. I skype so frequently it would be nice not to have to sit behind the computer to do it.

      So are we limited to video chatting back and forth only with other iphone 4 users?

      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      Yea but who really wants to use video calling as a standard way to make calls. Even the land line video calls didn't make it; I can see it far less useful on the mobile as a standard. Now for certain cases I can see how it would be very useful but I wouldn't do this walking down the street or things of that nature.
      I think it depends on what is considered standard. If standard means "all the time" or "nothing but" then I think you are right. As it stands it seems it will not even be an option though. The problem with land lines is that they are simply inconvenient. They have to be set up where one can comfortably sit in a presentable position for generally an extended period of time. Frankly I think they are inconvenient. On a phone like this I can see myself doing a video conference before bed, on the train, etc. The possibilities are endless.

      Quote Originally Posted by globol View Post

      Another thing. Yea ipads are like an oversized itouch. Just like how a swimming pool is an oversized bath tub. Size does change things.
      Off topic a bit, but I think a better comparison is a standard swimming pool to an olympic sized swimming pool. One can't swim AT ALL in a bath tub. One can still do everything they want on an ipod versus an ipad, some things are just more comfortable/practical on the ipad.
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      Why is everyone saying there bill will be crazy.....This is not the iPad Data Plan... with the Cap!

      ATT users should have unlimited data plan on their cell phone plan..right!

      I think some people are getting confused if im not mistaken...

      You should be able to use 3g Unrestrictor with no problem
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      3G unrestrictor.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post


      I think it depends on what is considered standard. If standard means "all the time" or "nothing but" then I think you are right. As it stands it seems it will not even be an option though. The problem with land lines is that they are simply inconvenient. They have to be set up where one can comfortably sit in a presentable position for generally an extended period of time. Frankly I think they are inconvenient. On a phone like this I can see myself doing a video conference before bed, on the train, etc. The possibilities are endless.
      Very true. The reason I said land line was in the mid- late 90s there was the video phones. Several family members of ours had it including us.

      There are many people that would use the hell out of video chat. But I just think at the moment that movement is sort of small. Testing it out and see how many use it on wifi may give apple a chance to gauge it's use to cell companies on how much bandwidth to be looking for to use for it if they decide to use it beyond wifi.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      personally I won't bother using video calls just so we can see eachother. However, I can see me using it when I'm at gigs, or simply want to say to my mates "check this out" when I'm flying RC helis etc.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      I was in Paris three years ago working with some guys from the Czech Republic. We were at the Eiffel Tower one afternoon. I shot a picture on my phone and sent it to my wife then I called her and we talked. They used their phones (Nokia?) to call their spouses and then switched to a video call in the middle of the conversation. I couldn't even send a picture without it interrupting my call.

      Three years later and we 'might' get video calling? W00t! We are sooo advanced.
    1. mobay's Avatar
      mobay -
      hope it happens