iPhone Skype 3G calls - free until 2011

The iPhone Skype app has been updated to activate free Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G. Given that the iPhone SDK opened up the option back in January, that’s great news but there is a kicker: calls are free now but Skype is planning to add a subscription fee in the very near future. Read on for details on the new iPhone Skype app update…

Skype confirmed iPhone VoIP calls on 3G were coming back in February and it’s now made good on its promise. Previously you’d only been able to make Skype calls on the iPhone over Wi-Fi but the Skype 2.0 update adds 3G Skype-to-Skype calls.

Besides data charges from your operator, the iPhone Skype 3G calls will be free until the end of 2010. After that Skype will introduce a premium subscription for folk angling for cheaper calls.

The updated iPhone Skype app also promises improved sound quality (Skype claims its “near CD-quality”) using the wide-band audio skills of the iPhone 3GS, iPad and second and third generation iPod Touch models.

We’re glad to see Skype calls over 3G hit the iPhone but can’t help but wonder if Apple will supersede them with its own solution in iPhone 4.0. With Nokia Skype integration ahead, it could be a smart move.

Have you tried the update iPhone Skype app? Let us know how well Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G work and whether you’ve noticed any niggles.

Out now | £free | iTunes

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