At last, Skype set to launch iPhone application

The launch marks the first native Skype application for the iPhone but calls will only be allowed over Wi-Fi

The Skype VoIP client is now available on the iPhone

The Skype VoIP client is now available on the iPhone

Skype is set to launch a mobile application for the iPhone on Tuesday, a long-awaited entry to Apple's App Store, and one for BlackBerry devices in May, Skype officials have confirmed.

The iPhone application will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday during a Skype press conference at the CTIA Wireless 2009 trade show in Las Vegas, said Peter Parkes, who writes Skype's corporate blog.

Skype, which is owned by eBay, has been a noticeable latecomer to the App Store, which features several other VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications.

One of those, Fring, uses Skype's API (application programming interface).

People can make free Skype-user-to-Skype-user calls, or use SkypeOut, a paid service where people can call landlines and mobiles via Skype.

The iPhone Skype application can only be used over Wi-Fi and not over the cellular networks, a condition demanded by operators so as to not steal voice revenue.

A spokeswoman would not reveal further details, saying the mobile application will have the "core capabilities" of the desktop application.

Skype does not yet have a native application for BlackBerry devices, although third-party developers again have utilized Skype's API.

One of those services is IM+ for Skype, which enables chat, free calls to Skype users and SkypeOut. Skype did not provide the application's May launch date.

Skype's application for the Windows Mobile OS has been available for several years.

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