Skype & iPhone connection: Initial review of Skype Video calling for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch over 3G & Wi-Fi

December 30, 2010, By Shawn Wagnon

When we told you that Skype was bringing Video Calling to iPhone 4, iPad and iPod Touch (4th Generation), we firmly believed that they were going to lift the lid off of the technology come CES 2011. But they just decided to give everyone something to dig into over the New Year weekend with plenty of holidays and party time on offer. So, we got the technology over on our iPhone and on the Apple iTunes Store already and it is sure to be a big hit with iPhone and even iPad users across the globe.

You can indeed now make video calls using Skype on the iPhone over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections. In case you are using 3G to 3G technology then we must warn you that the initial usage already indicates that it will drain out both your battery and your data usage over your internet connection. A single minute of video calling using Skype over 3G network on your iPhone will 600Kbps of data, according to the initial test usage. Even if it is a tad bit less, it still means that those on limited data usage plans should really keep away from Skype over 3G unless it is a must.

A strong Wi-Fi network is the best possible option and that is what even Skype recommends at the moment. A 10 minute video call from the iPhone 4 is apparently setting your mobile charge back by good 5% (maybe even more at times!). Despite all this expect more and more users to take a liking to the technology in the short-term.

With Apple’s FaceTime vs Skype battle all set for a future date, it will be interesting to watch who wins the video calling domain on the iOS platform! So, did you give Skype a shot over your iPhone? Share your experience with the world…

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