It has been an absurdly long time coming, but today Skype released Skype 2.0 for the iPhone with the capability to make calls over 3G networks. They’ve also put in some CD quality audio enhancements which seem to work pretty well according to our quick tests.
But don’t start celebrating yet. They’ve still found a way to fork up the program.
Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply).
So AT&T/Apple/Skype are going to be charging you a monthly fee starting in August to use Skype (and any other VoIP application?) that you are already paying for? Someone call the FCC!
What’s New in Version 2.0.0
Upgrades / improvements include:
– Call using your 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply).
– Near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 3GS and 2nd generation iPod touch.
– Enhanced call quality indicator.
– Improved start-up time.
– Fast access to the dial pad from iPhone home screen.
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