300 thoughts on “Skype for iPhone to Be Released as Early as Next Week”

  1. If skype for the iphones uses the same carrier friendly deal as skype for symbian (i.e. using regular cell minutes for calls) it isn’t going to make much headway.

    the skype leadership seems overly focused on “presence” and less on voip. Granted, VOIP is probably a bad word for investors but it is what skype does.

    1. I’d love to disconnect AT&T. With the sketchy voice quality and increasing regularity of dropped calls, Skype can’t be much worse!

      1. It is against the terms of service to make internet calls over the AT&T network, so you’ll have to access a wifi signal to make/receive calls. Kind of like having an ipod touch, I guess. But if you’re in a decent-sized city, you can’t go five steps without finding a signal. And some cities are completely “wired” for wifi. Hooray for little beams going through our brains 24 hours a day!

      2. And, since apps can’t run in the background on iphones, you’d have to leave Skype open and not let your phone go to sleep to receive unexpected calls. We’re not quiiiiiite there yet, pals.

      3. Travis – just until the 3.0 software comes out. I would expect Skype to use the push notification service.

      4. it only works over wi-fi… the networks have prevented skype from implementing this over the 3G networks, unfortunately.

  2. after using it on fring on the iphone even over Wifi I am very skeptical on voice quality even on a native Skype app.

    1. The audio quality problem with Fring is not in your hardware or connection. The problem is that from your device, the audio is transferred to Fring-servers, and from Fring-servers to the Skype-network. So the audio has to travel twice.

      And I assume that the Fring hack recodes the audio, loosing addtional quality. But that is just my assumption.

  3. UK already has 3G-based Skype phone. Quality is spotty, but it works, and is dead cheap. Bought one just to have to call home, make and take business calls, etc. when in UK. Can call local UK numbers, but kind of high pay-as-you-go rates (can get cheaper monthly, if you’re in the UK and making in-country calls, which Skype won’t do).

    1. Yes, the US carriers are the block to innovation in mobile, they maintain control of the distribution network for phones and they generally will not sell phones that will turn them into a bitpipe. IMHO the writing is on the wall for them, once reliable wifi or even wimax blankets metro areas (which comcast will also be trying to block) then why would you bother with the phone company. As long as it’s more economical to lobby against change in this county, like the car, cable, mobile, and energy industries the US will continue to be an infrastructure laggard.

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    1. >>Does anyone still use Skype? Seems like it’s too little too late?<<

      You’re right, their userbase is only a paltry 405 million. Hardly worth them going to the office in the morning really 😉

    2. A comment from someone who appears to have never used Skype. Our office ditched Bellsouth’s business telephone service a year ago, and we are saving $400 per month by using Skype to make calls to regular telephone numbers. Call quality over Skype is _better_ than Bellsouth’s call quality.

    3. I still use Skype a lot. I find it very convenient when I am working on my computer, which seems to be a lot of my time. I hate to get a call on my land line or cell while I am working.

      I find the quality to exceed either of my other phones. I don’t know why anyone would not use Skype.

  5. Well how does it matter now ………..I have and always use fring ….which always skype calls and convenience of multi messenger

  6. Nimbuzz skype call quality is WAY better than fring´s…and its also a multimessenger client…

    Frankly…without having multitasking, i don´t see how i would choose a specific Skype client versus Nimbuz that supports Skype, MSN, google talk, facebook, yahoo, etc…

  7. Great – so will this also work for the Ipod Touch ?? That would turn it into a phone and make my (and many others) life a bit easier.

  8. Hey i have a question PLease answer me .
    I want to buy an i phone here in belgium but here it is 599 dollar for the phone.
    My question is do i wait for e new i phone?
    Or wil that be tooo long before it hits the shelves???????

    can anybody please answer or mail me .???



    1. I think the new iPhone will be launched this summer (in the US at least) along with the OS 3.0.

      It might be worth the wait.

    2. The next iPhone is going to be announced the 8th of June and hopefully, it’s going to be in store in July!

  9. Good point above about AT&T: it could impact their phone call sales with the iPhone, so they can’t be overly happy with this development. I doubt they’d actively block it, unless they want a lot of angry members.

  10. The best news for today, so far. I was planning to buy a Skype Wi-fi phone but if the iPhone will include skype it’s more than good for me 🙂

  11. Great news!!

    IPhone is a great device….the only thing that is missing is …Skype….. It would be extremely helpful….especially when traveling (which I do) all the time…finally I would be able to reduce my roaming expenses.. 🙂

    1. Absolutely. I think Om is right about Skype swatting the little guys. I can’t see how the likes of Fring/Truephone etc will survive when faced with this. Skype have the power to send a lot of these little players into bankruptcy.

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  13. Well… The point of having Skype on your iPhone is that you can make INTERNATIONAL calls with the LOCAL minutes of your AT&T voice plan!

  14. It wil be interesting to see the final form of this client.

    Will it be a full ‘native’ VoIP client, i.e. able to make VoIP calls directly over an IP connection, or will it utilise the iSkoot-like PSTN backend that requires the ‘up’ link to be made over a GSM voice channel?

    The latter is much easier to engineer and is much less sensitive with the MNOs (as they still generate some revenue on each call).

  15. It’s about time. I have Skype on a mobile phone and it’s fantastic. Perfect for long distance calls to my girlfriend, and useful for getting cheaper calls to friends. Surprising that Apple (or Skype) haven’t gone for this in a bigger way.

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  17. I have one of the wifi Skype phones, great no matter whereever you are and no need to be connected to a ‘puter anymore. But if Skype would come out with a phone that supported browser-based authentication, then you could actually make proper use of it in all those places where connection is dependent upon a log-in. Without a browser it’s pretty much u/s.

  18. We had all started being happy when Skype application for iPhone appeared. But I was disappointed because we need to know the application started to call and be called. With the advent of IOS in April, Skype supports multitasking.

    Multitasking function allows you to keep the application in the background, connected to the Internet. Friends always see you online and you can call and your phone will notify you via a pop-up.

    Skype for iPhone allows you to call so the WiFi network, and the data connection provided by mobile operator. Skype said long ago that you would want to collect some money from users for calls made through 3G networks, but said now that dropped the idea.

  19. I still use Skype a lot. I find it very convenient when I am working on my computer, which seems to be a lot of my time. I hate to get a call on my land line or cell while I am working.

  20. Thanks for this post and good point above about AT&T: it could impact their phone call sales with the iPhone, so they can’t be overly happy with this development. I doubt they’d actively block it, unless they want a lot of angry members.

  21. Problem with Skype on the iPhone is that there is no camera support, second if you don’t have unlimited data plan, it will eat your data plan faster than you say Skype. Of course if you use it over the WiFi, benefit is obvious. I guess adding video support would tax your data plan, even more.

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