Skype 2.0 for iPhone to Charge Monthly Fee

31 May 2010 | Apple , Software | 0 comments


skype logoThe Skype 2.0 application for the iPhone has finally been launched, but nobody's cheering. The new version of Skype finally allows iPhone users to make calls using their 3G connections, instead of limiting the calls to Wi-Fi only. This decision was first blamed on high network traffic, but now it seems it was all related to competition between AT&T and Skype.

It now looks like the two companies have solved their problems letting Skype charge a "small monthly fee" for Skype-to-Skype calls. So if you want to make 3G calls to another Skype user, you can do it for free until the end of August 2010, after which an unknown monthly fee will be applied. The same calls over Wi-Fi will remain free.

Here are the features of the new version of Skype:

  • Near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 3GS and 2G iPod touch.
  • Improved start-up time.
  • Enhanced call quality indicator.
  • Fast access to the dial pad from iPhone home screen.

Skype users on Verizon smartphones are in luck. They can make 3G Skype-to-Skype calls for free, without paying anything extra beside the monthly carrier plan.