With Apple and AT&T lifting the ban on VoIP over 3G, we've been starting to wonder what has taken Skype so long. After their announcement to bring always-on VoIP to the BlackBerry and Android on Verizon's network, we even thought that maybe they were holding out on us as part of their deal with AT&T's competition. Now Skype is saying that the OTA app is finally on the way.
AT&T and Apple's restrictions on VoIP over 3G has been lifted for a while now, but Skype has yet to update their app for either Push Notifications or calling over the 3G network. Following their recent announcement of an "always-on app" for Blackberry and Andriod on Verizon, it seems as if they may have been holding out on us for the sake of a deal with Verizon.
AT&T announced recently that they will be allowing VoIP applications to run over their 3G data network, but Skype says they will wait until they can offer high-quality audio over the data network. They are, however, planning to offer an iPad app in the very near future, which would make calling over 3G on the iPad a likely possibility.
Now that Apple has lifted restrictions on 3G VoIP calls, Fringland has just released a 3G-enabled version of Fring for iPhone [App Store, Free]. The new application works just as it did before, only now you can perform voice and video calls over cellular data networks in addition to Wi-Fi. And yes, Skype calls go through using Fring over 3G as well.
Fing isn't the only one jumping onto the 3G VoIP bandwagon. iCall has also announced that iCall Free VoIP [App Store, Free] now works over 3G as well. For those who don't know, iCall allows you to transfer any incoming call to VoIP for free for pay, allowing you to save your minutes. Check out their website for more info.
Following AT&T's recent announcement that the carrier will now allow iPhone Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services over its mobile network, Apple and VoIP provider Skype have issued public statements reacting to today's announcement. Per the Associated Press, Apple announced that "We are very happy that AT&T is now supporting VOIP applications," said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. "We will be amending our developer agreements to get VOIP apps on the App Store and in customers' hands as soon as possible."
AT&T has announced that they will now be allowing apps like Google Voice and Skype to run over their 3G cellular data network on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The company recently informed Apple and AT&T that the network is now "ready," meaning all that's left is to put the capability into some iPhone apps. AT&T had previously not allowed applications to use the 3G data network for VoIP phone calls, presumably to keep users from using VoIP instead of their voice network.
Truphone has launched the next version of their VoIP app Truphone 3.0 for iPod touch. The new version, which they describe as a major update, adds things like better ease of use, responsiveness, and simplicity. Sound quality has also been improved, and they have added instant messaging within the app. You can get it in the App Store as a free download. [via Macworld]
When Skype for iPhone was announced back in January, we knew it would be one of the most highly anticipated apps in the App Store. We were right, with the app reaching over one million downloads just two days after it was released earlier this week. Now, however, the app has sparked a great deal of controversy, resulting in a war between carriers and consumers.
Today Skype, Inc released the official version of Skype for the iPhone. Available for free, Skype for iPhone [App Store] allows users to make voice calls while connected to Wi-Fi as well as send instant messages over the cell network. Similar to the desktop vesion, voice calls to other Skype users are free, although you can make and receive voice calls from landlines if you pay for the necessary services. Voice calls are supported on the second generation iPod touch (microphone required) and the iPhone.
GigaOM claims to have word from a "very reliable" tipster that Skype for iPhone is nearly ready for launch, and may even be released as soon as next week's CTIA Wireless show. Skype COO Scott Curschlang revealed that Skype for iPhone was in development back in January. There's still no word about Skype for the iPod touch, or how AT&T and other iPhone carriers feel about the app.