15 thoughts on “Atleast for Now, No Skype on iPhone via 3G, But an iPad App Coming Soon”

  1. Actually the way I read their comment was that a 3G capable Skype app was in the works but it is going to a bit later. Not a blanket no as your comment above seems to imply.

    For the quality issue – if you listen to the interview they are explicitly working on a “call quality indicator” which would be most useful for 3g calls. (It would help with WiFi of course but probably more beneficial given the issues with 3g)

    we’re holding ours back for a little bit longer. Why? So that we can give you the very best audio quality we can. When our 3G-capable Skype for iPhone app is released, it’ll let you make calls in wideband audio,..”

    BTW I’ve tested both the iCall and Fring for VoiP on 3G on the iPhone and I can say that with enough bandwidth it is definitely good. But without enough you definitely have problems.

  2. Not so sure about that Om, over on the skype blog (http://bit.ly/aBJMG0) they say real_soon_now – and they seem to mean it.

    The key component (and a cause of the delay I believe) is the SILK codec.
    SILK can adapt to make ‘best-use’ of the available network, by tuning the encoder on-the-fly during to use the available bandwidth and correct for the prevailing packet loss.
    This should help Skype deliver a better experience over 3g than services that use a less forgiving codec and mitigate the problems Andy and Pat mentioned.

  3. Those of us with actual 3G networks (read anyone outside the United States) are getting impatient. Why should the fact that AT&T provides a junky, quasi-3G network limit the rest of us? Skype is clearly holding back because they feel that AT&T 3G can’t provide an adequate experience, but this is not a problem with 3G – it’s a problem with AT&T.

    I made a Skype conference call to 3 people over 3G (Bell Mobility Canada HSPA+) yesterday. No issues, no lag, excellent call quality.

    I’ve made similar calls using Rogers (HSPA+ as well).

    Strange to say out loud but Canada is literally a half-decade ahead of the US in terms of wireless capability right now.

  4. We’ve got the cart before the horse.

    We consumers must have control of our telephone numbers and have the ENUM standard put in place BEFORE any VoIP gets enabled for mobile.

    “…ENUM standard (RFC 3761) demands that ENUM is a public service and that the control of the telephone number lies in the hands of the end-user. For this reason, it’s known as “Public-” or “User ENUM.” This is all in line with the Internet’s user- and endpoint-centric creed.”


    Mobile VoIP will end in tears without ENUM.

  5. Skype on the iPhone over AT&T 3G service sounds just fine to me.

    I’ve got a jailbroken iPhone running “3G Unrestrictor”, a handy little background service that removes Apple’s lockdown of certain apps from using 3G for network connectivity.

    Skype works just fine with this hack, and sounds great. Now that AT&T is allowing VOIP over 3G, I don’t even feel guilty about using it anymore. 😉

  6. Er?!?! I might be missing something here, but isn’t that a Skype app I have on my 2G iPhone? Or is it because that one doesn’t work on the 3G/S version? Help me out please.

  7. Forget it, I just connected the missing link. 3G, of course, we need wifi to make calls via the app. Forget my previous, (very) silly post.

  8. I think you all forgetting one other factor in the iPhone vs iPad Skype-gate: iPad’s are intended to be used in your couch potato mode.

    You’ll be sitting down and devoting your attention to it and likely to not be in motion.

    Those that use Skype on 3G and find it works great are (if you look above) sitting at their desks. Try said experiment in a car at 55MPH and see what happens. The cellular network has to do disruptive things that apps have to be tolerant of to move your data from one cell to another.

    If you go look at the prefs for Sipdroid on Android you’ll see they have different prefs for allowing use over 3G, EDGE and Wifi. I haven’t met and app yet that can handle bouncing from EDGE to 3G because most networks don’t preserve your IP when switching, you have to totally reset the VoIP path for the new IP (which usually involves: redialing).

    Then of course you can get into the lovely discussion about how many packets at&t’s backhaul network drops. Or you can simply enjoy my geeky at&t tag line: more bars to fewer tubes!

  9. I can’t help thinking that the infrastructure needs to catch up with the applications here. In the UK, mobile broadband is still overpriced and insufficient quality for any serious user. Telecoms infrastructure has always been a black hole for profit – Apple have been smart to steer clear.

  10. How about a push version of skype? Most of my friends already have iPhones, most work and play where there’s wifi access. Simply adding push to skype will reduce our phone bills significantly.

    Come on Skype. Make it happen.

  11. I’ve use skype over 3g with my jailbroken iphone, even driving with my handsfree,no problems at all. I does work great!

  12. When Skype first released their app the said that apple / AT&T forced them to remove voip over 3g – turns out they were lying else they would have it ready to go. At best they have just been lazy and not been working on a better 3g experience for the last 18 months like companies like sling.

  13. I’m really upset about this, I just came onto Google searching for a possible solution – and nothing.

    I need to send and receive calls for business and personal use, but it’s not much good if I can’t do that when I am outside or travelling – a rather useless Skype App if it can only be used over a WiFi connection.

    I absolutely LOVE Skype, their service is by far the best and I couldn’t live without it… but I really HATE them for being such idiots about this. So what if they want to wait for CD-like audio, we’d be happy with the audio we have now.

    I won’t be getting an iPhone until they bring out the new Skype App with 3G calling capabilities.

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