3G Skype Calling Now Available on Skype 2.0 App for iPhone

May 31, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

 The Skype 2.0 app that allows users to make calls on the 3G network has now become available on the iPhone. The app, which was promised by Skype, had been forbidden earlier by iPhone’s network partner, AT&T as well as Apple itself.

 

The Skype 2.0 app offers free calling from Skype to Skype using the 3G network till August, after which the company will charge a small monthly free for the service.

An indicator will also be present on the app to point out the enhanced quality of the call and the app also promises to offer quick start-up on the mobile device. The app has been made available for the iPhone 3GS and second-generation iPod Touch devices and uses wideband audio (SILK codec) to offer sound quality that almost matches CD quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls. The dial pad can also be accessed very quickly for the app from the iPhone’s home screen.

Apple and AT&T had earlier forbidden the app saying that it would lead to competition between Skype and AT&T. The new Skype 3G feature will allow Skype users to not be restricted to the Skype calling via WiFi network feature, which is still free. Skype users will however, have to pay an additional monthly fee for using the 3G calling service besides the network charges being paid to AT&T.

A partnership between Skype and AT&T’s competitor Verizon in February has already led to the Skype app becoming available on Verizon smartphones and Skype calling  and instant messaging being offered free of cost on Verizon’s 3G network. The service also allows for making international calls at a discounted rate

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