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CTIA 09: Skype for iPhone
Introducing the highly anticipated Skype for iPhone application, now available on the Apple App Store. The application adds Skype calling and instant messaging to iPhones as well as any second general iPod touch. With a Wi-Fi connection, the millions of iPhone and iPod touch users worldwide can make free Skype-to-Skype voice calls or low-cost calls to mobiles and landlines. Users will not be charged by Skype for making and receiving Skype-to-Skype calls using an iPhone or iPod touch. Skype’s normal rates apply if using Skype to call landlines or mobiles.
Skype for iPhone delivers a true Skype experience, including:
• Free Skype-to-Skype calls from any Wi-Fi zone to other Skype users worldwide
• Call landline or mobile phones at Skype’s great low rates from any Wi-Fi zone
• Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups via 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available)
• Receive calls to a personal online number on Skype
• See when Skype contacts are online/available to IM or talk
Skype for iPhone let’s users stay in touch for little to no money with family, friends, and colleagues while on the go. Through Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available), users can sign into Skype, update a contact list, maintain and update presence and send/receive instant messages. Skype recommends an unlimited data usage plan for using Skype over a mobile data connection to avoid being charged by a wireless service provider for 3G, GPRS and EDGE mobile data usage.
Profile pictures of other users in a Skype Contacts list are also visible, making it easy to identify them. In addition, users can update their own Skype profile picture from within the Skype for iPhone app, either by choosing an existing image from a photo album on the device, or by using the camera on the iPhone to take a new photo.
The Skype application for the iPhone or iPod touch is free to download from the App Store. To get Skype for iPhone, simply visit the App Store on the device. The App Store is also available through iTunes (www.itunes.com) running on a Mac or PC, which syncs applications to the iPhone or iPod touch using a USB cable.
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Editors note: I must say that Skype was one of the apps that I was most excited about coming into CTIA (we use it for recording our weekly PScast ). We covered the Press Conference on Tuesday, had a GREAT conversation with Kurt Thywissen (Principal Software Engineer and Architect) at ShowStoppers and received a hands-on demo Wednesday from Chris Andrews, one of the developers for Skype for iPhone. Wednesday night we were invited to a party hosted by the folks at Skype complete with Cirque entertainment, an ice pool table, a GREAT DJ, an open bar , and a goodie bag for everyone.
For the first time I'm think I should get an I-phone. The app for the BB is not going to be worth having
That's very cool. Now I want to hear (or know) that AT&T isn't going to somehow block Skype usage from the iPhone - can they do that?
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