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VoIP Software News: Skype Updates iPhone App, No 3G Calling Yet

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April 07, 2010

VoIP Software News: Skype Updates iPhone App, No 3G Calling Yet

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

The good news in the VoIP software world: Skype for the iPhone (News - Alert) has been updated. The bad news: Still no 3G calling.

According to GadgetVenue, the latest version of Skype for the iPhone has been released- "the new version is numbered 1.3.1 and does not add 3G calling to the VoIP software."

Industry observer Roland Hutchinson even goes so far as to report that Skype (News - Alert) doesn't have any announcement for when it might add 3G, as promised.

We're a bit confused here. We remember, as GadgetVenue says, that Skype said it would open up for 3G calling back in February, so we just naturally assumed that this 1.3.1 update would be where that happened.

It's not a total loss: "The update that was launched fixed a number of bugs in the software that had been reported."

Stuart Miles over at Pocket Lint gets a bit snarky, suggesting that maybe it just slipped Skype's mind to add the 3G they promised, noting that 1.3.1 was issued, "fixing a series of bugs, but in the meantime forgetting to add the ability to make calls over 3G."

Maybe they's just lost interest in the iPhone, figuring everybody's going to be buying iPads, looking at their iPhones and thinking "man, that screen's really… tiny." As Hutchinson says, "The latest update to the Skype iPhone app is designed to bring improved stability to calls and also adds in support for the Apple iPad."

Peter Parkes at Skype was quoted by GadgetVenue as saying "You can expect to hear more from us about an iPad app in the coming months as we now have our hands on actual iPads and can start tuning and testing."


David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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