New iPhone SDK 9M2725 and iPhone OS 7A259g released…breaks Skype's AT&T access?

We aren’t sure if we’ll be able to use Skype over 3G after installing this. Anyone want to test this for us before we commit to losing 3G VOIP?  More juicy details below.

Update: Skype over 3G and Tethering still work properly.

Along with the SDK, iPhone 3.0 Beta 2 Build: 7A259g is also released.  It comes in at 228 MB.

We are, as you can see, downloading them both now and will report on any improved snappieness™.

Skype works on AT&T's 3G on iPhone 3.0

We just found something very interesting.  When you install Skype on a 3.0 developer preview iPhone, you can use AT&T’s connection to make and receive calls.  It even works pretty well over EDGE.  Skype treats AT&T’s WWAN like a Wifi connection.  I did a quick video and posted it below:

Update:we just made a Skype call over 3G to another 3.0 iPhone using 3G.  The sound quality was as good, if not  better than normal AT&T.  (Thanks  Josh!!)

BTW, if you are commenting that it doesn’t work for you and you don’t have the 3.0 developer preview, you are missing the whole point of this post.

Skype for iPhone, it is official

The rumors were true, Skype indeed will be landing on the iPhone this week.  CNet got a preview of the app and likes what they see.

As expected, calls can only be made over Wifi.  AT&T is simply too afraid of VOIP taking over their voice business (which it will anyway).   We look forward to the day when the mobile carriers are competing to sell us packets fast and cheap…but back to Skype on iPhone.

CNet said:

Skype’s screens are well organized and use the iPhone’s ability to add filters, for instance, to sort your contacts alphabetically, or by who’s online. There’s chatting as well, though Skype’s flagship feature is its VoIP calling that’s free to other Skype users and an inexpensive per-minute fee to landlines. Calls on Skype for iPhone work only if you’re in range of a Wi-Fi network, so your call quality will in part be at the mercy and strength of wireless networks nearby–calls will not work over the cell phone network on the iPhone (but chatting will.) Assuming your connection is solid, you can dial a number or quickly call a contacts stored in your address book. iPod Touch users will need earphones with an embedded mic to talk. During a call, you can mute the line, go on hold, or put the call on speakerphone. In the My Info window, you can follow a link to buy more SkypeOut credit online.

Taking a photo from within Skype to serve as your avatar image, or pulling a picture in from the camera roll are two iPhone-only features that makes use of the phone’s hardware attributes. Another imperfect, but still neat, feature is the ability to accept incoming conference calls. While you won’t be able to initiate a call, we’re told, you will be able to jump on one if a buddy invites you in. We hope the next version includes placing conference calls from the iPhone.

The downsides were:

Skype left a few more skills out of its maiden iPhone voyage. SMS, setting up a conference calling group, purchasing SkypeOut credit directly, and being able to field a second incoming Skype call are a few. File transferring and getting Skype voicemail native on the phone are two more. We expect to see at least two of these added in the next version, but we’ll hope for more.

We really  like what we see and especially like the fact that it will work on the second generation iPod touch.  We’ll let you know when it hits the app store.  IT is expected by Tuesday but could hit the customary App store delays.