Skype on iPhone Makes Calls on 3G – Free until the end of the 2010

Published Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:51 AM

I was updating my iphone apps and discovered there was a new update for Skype. I looked at the release notes and you can now place free Skype-to-Skype calls on the 3G network. You  could always place Skype-to-Skype calls using WI-FI, but now, when you are on the go, you can place calls via the 3G network.  According to the notes this will be free until the end of the year, at which time Skype hopes to charge a monthly fee for the feature.

Another new feature is a call quality indicator that will let you know how well the 3G network will handle your call. There were a couple post floating around the internet several months ago saying that AT&T had given the green light to Skype and others VIOP apps allowing data to be sent over 3G. This past weekend is the first time we have seen Skype add the feature.

I think the feature is great but am not that excited about them trying to charge people for it. I wonder what that's all about. One thing I really like about Skype is that all the standard features are free. To charge a monthly fee to do something you can do for free in the desktop version doesn't sit well with me. I pay enough for my cell phone service and have plenty of minutes to make my phone calls, so why would a pay them a monthly fee for something I already pay for?

It's great to see the feature nonetheless and we can enjoy it free for the next 6 months. So go download Skype for iPhone and check it out.

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