Skype's new iPhone app makes calls over 3G

Skype will make no charge for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G until the end of 2010, according to Skype

Skype has launched a new version of its client for Apple's iPhone that can make calls to other Skype users over a 3G network, it said on Sunday.

Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi will remain free, but Skype will begin charging for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G after the end of 2010, the company said. It has not yet decided how to charge for the calls, it said.

Users may have to pay an additional charge to their mobile operator for the 3G data traffic, according to Skype. They will also have to make sure that their data plan's terms and conditions allow IP telephony. Today, some mobile operators allow IP telephony, some don't and some charge an extra fee.

With the new Skype software, owners of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and second- or third-generation iPod touch can make calls using Skype. The iPod touch requires a compatible headset with a microphone to be able to make phone calls, and since it lacks 3G, it can only make calls over Wi-Fi.

Other improvements in the new software for iPhone include improved sound quality, so users can expect "CD-quality sound" for Skype-to-Skype calls on their iPhone 3GS or second and third generation iPod touch, according to Skype. The iPhone client also has a call quality indicator, which will help customers choose the best moment to call, and improved start-up time, Skype said.

Owners of Symbian-based smartphones can already make phone calls over 3G, and Skype is also working on a version of its client for smartphones based on Android, but isn't ready to say when it will ship, according to a spokesman.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags skypeWiFiiPhone3gapple iphone

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?