Skype 2.0 App for iPhone enables Free VoIP Calls and IM over 3G Network
Skype has decided to deliver an upgrade to its iPhone app that allows calls to be made and received under AT&T’s 3G network. The new version of the official Skype 2.0 for iPhone has been released which now allows you to make VoIP calls on 3G data network.
In addition to it, you can call and instant message anyone else on Skype for free with Skype on your iPhone or iPod touch, make calls to call landlines and mobiles and send SMS anywhere in the world.
Skype manifest on Feb 3 that 3G calling shall happen “soon.” But the additional cost was not declared and does comes as a surprise, the problem is, they won’t be free for very long, even for Skype-to-Skype calls and sets a difficult path for people who have all-you-can-eat calling plans with the internet telephony company.
Skype calls are generally free most of the time or at least much less expensive than those made on minute-counting calling plans. But it sounds that wireless minutes have become more commoditized this time and is going to cost most of the wireless carriers, available in unlimited plans that eliminate the traditional profit center that used to be overages.
Skype’s migration from the desktop world into the mobile devices has created a potential, and a striking shift in calling behavior. But when you can receive calls from a VoIP (Voice over IP) provider like Skype on a portable device in either an Wi-Fi or 3G network it almost completely blurs the line between an interesting alternative to a telephone and the very definition of a mobile phone.
Further, mobile phones are increasingly becoming “the telephone” this could modernize things; every calls are made and received. All iPhone 3G and second generation iPod Touch users can thank thanks wideband audio (codec SILK) to provide such an opportunity.
In a world with everywhere broadband, internet telephony with push notifications and location awareness could make traditional telephony and wireless services inappropriate, even for the equivalent of enhanced 911, where the automatically operator knows where you are. But, that is not all. Skype 2.0 for iPhone also features near CD-quality audio, faster startup times, and more convenient access to the in-app dial pad.
Keep in mind, though, that the free VoIP calling offer is only valid until August 2010. But this can become a matter of concern RIM (research In Motion). As per the most recent cut up, RIM reported 41 million active users of its services.
If you’re ready to use Skype, we suggest you go ahead and download Skype 2.0 from the AppStore (for free, even!) and avoid using your anytime minutes on AT&T. But, if you are windows mobile user and want to use Skype, you have only chance to step aside.
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