Thursday, May 27, 2010

Skype's iPhone App Runs over 3G

Skype released a new version of its iPhone application that enable calling using the 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls are free until the end of 2010, after which the company plans to introduced a monthly fee. Pricing details have not been disclosed. Operator data charges still apply.

Skype said is able to achieve near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G using the iPhone because it leverages a wideband audio (SILK) codec. This is also on the iPad as well as 2nd and 3rd generation iTouches. The new app also promises faster start-up times.

"Using Skype on 3G has been the number one request among our iPhone customers. This new version is a great step towards enabling our customers to take and use Skype everywhere they go", said Russ Shaw General Manager for Mobile, Skype. "Using Skype on iPhone without being restricted to the availability of a WiFi network will open up new ways for Skype customers to stay connected and make free or low-cost calls whenever they want, wherever they are in the world."