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  • Skype Making it's Way to the iPhone as Soon as Next Week?


    AT&T call charges are sky high (especially International ones) which makes VOIP a necessity for iPhone, yet Apple has yet to allow a proper one. A good one like Skype could rock the AppStore - and according to GigaOM, it's not far way!

    Though Skype has been available via third party apps like Nimbuzz and Fring for quite some time, none of the apps have proved remarkable as of yet, which makes a standalone Skype app for iPhone a brilliant idea.

    A tipster a very reliable one tells me that Skype is almost ready to launch that iPhone version, perhaps as soon as next week. CTIA Wireless, a large mobile industry trade event, kicks off in Las Vegas next Wednesday, so perhaps the announcement will be made there. I am working on getting more details, as well as screenshots of the service.
    There are no clues about the price (free would be assumed - most major websites are offering their iPhone app for free - eBay, Amazon, Facebook, etc). And of course, all we are waiting for is some official statement from AT&T to ruin Skype's joy

    [GigaOM]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Skype Making it's Way to the iPhone as Soon as Next Week? started by sayam View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      it is about time

      ive been waiting forever for skype to make an app

      knowing them it will be free
    1. daching's Avatar
      daching -
      Great! I forgot my Skype password.
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
      great i have ages without using my skype now I'll have a reason for using it!
    1. neoanantha's Avatar
      neoanantha -
      call plan $0 and compulsory data plan with big fees would be on it's way from AT&T i presume...This should be a nice tussle to watch...hope so the app is free
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      I was using fring/skype today.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      Someone tell me what exactly skype is for. I've never heard of it.
    1. csyee's Avatar
      csyee -
      Am waiting for Skype iPhone app for long. My experience on call quality of SkypeOut from Fring was not good.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      Someone tell me what exactly skype is for. I've never heard of it.
      r u serious????????? at work we dont even use the telephone anymore between branches its all skype.
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      Someone tell me what exactly skype is for. I've never heard of it.
      Skype is software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet.
    1. dstn1211's Avatar
      dstn1211 -
      Finally, but I really think they should put a Skype thing into BeejiveIM
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Will it work over 3G? If so... golden
    1. nahart86's Avatar
      nahart86 -
      no it wont work over 3g. Have you tried the fring over 3g? It is extremely laggy and pretty crappy. Also im gonna say that AT&T wont allow VoIP over 3g.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      Will it work over 3G? If so... golden
      SiPhone does
    1. Jomann's Avatar
      Jomann -
      seeing as how skype is so cheap I think people will just switch all together. I only paid 60 bucks for a whole YEAR of service thats calling anywhere in usa anytime and you get voicemail your own number and call forwarding! i couldnt believe how cheap it is I use it on my computer and the quality is fantastic.
    1. demdem's Avatar
      demdem -
      yer ive been using fring/skype alot recently being abroad i need to call home quite alot, quality is ok but needs updating, this skype app is exactly what ive been waiting for
    1. BradTrinh24's Avatar
      BradTrinh24 -
      Seems like skype should have done this a long time ago. Fring is really crappy and is way too slow especially when loading up.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Skype does work over 3G but is usually specifically excluded from data plans (at least where they know what they are doing - I'm not sure that AT&T do!)
      On T-Mobile in the UK there are 3 'unlimited' data plans
      7.50 gets 1Gb limit, 3G only (No HSDPA) and no Tethering, streaming or VOIP
      12.50 Gets 3Gb and allows tethering, streaming and HSDPA but no VOIP
      25.00 gets everything including VOIP
      If you make a lot of overseas calls it can be worth it, personally I have no need for it.
    1. ares07's Avatar
      ares07 -
      Nimbuzz is better than fring for skype calls...better sound quality
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by nahart86 View Post
      no it wont work over 3g. Have you tried the fring over 3g? It is extremely laggy and pretty crappy. Also im gonna say that AT&T wont allow VoIP over 3g.
      fring is... pretty laggy and crappy in general.



      If this doesn't work on 4G then I sadly don;t see much of a point

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Skype does work over 3G but is usually specifically excluded from data plans (at least where they know what they are doing - I'm not sure that AT&T do!)
      On T-Mobile in the UK there are 3 'unlimited' data plans
      7.50 gets 1Gb limit, 3G only (No HSDPA) and no Tethering, streaming or VOIP
      12.50 Gets 3Gb and allows tethering, streaming and HSDPA but no VOIP
      25.00 gets everything including VOIP
      If you make a lot of overseas calls it can be worth it, personally I have no need for it.
      I would call Hungary alot from the US, so if it worked on 3G I would be happy
    1. SERBIAN's Avatar
      SERBIAN -
      Im using SiP for years and recently I bought SipPhone for iPhone..It works just great...