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Skype for iOS updated, adds video calling [U]

updated 02:00 am EST, Thu December 30, 2010

Works over Wi-Fi or 3G, also does one-way video

[Updated with voucher news] Skype for iOS devices has been updated to version 3.0, bringing FaceTime-like call quality to both Wi-Fi and 3G for iOS devices capable of running iOS 4 or higher. Two-way video calling -- in either portrait or landscape mode -- is supported for the iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod Touch, and iPhone 3GS. Receiving one-way video calls is supported on the iPad and third-generation iPod Touch (the app has not, however, been upgraded to a universal binary for iPad owners). In addition, iPhone 4 and fourth-gen Touch owners can switch between front or back cameras.

The free update allows video calling between Skype users on desktop or laptop computers, as well as other iPhone and iPod Touch owners who have the app open or running in the background. As before, audio calling and instant-messaging is available for all models of iOS devices (some iPod Touch models will need a headset and microphone). Skype initially expressed an interest in using FaceTime to help it achieve video-calling on mobile devices, but later said it would use its own methods.

As noted on the app's updated page, 3G video calling may incur data costs.

In a related development, the company has begun emailing vouchers to compensate customers affected by the recent outage of service, and has posted a full post-mortem of the event on its company blog as promised. The voucher codes are good for 30 minutes of free domestic Skype-to-telephone calling, which works with landlines or mobile devices, or $1 credit towards international calls.














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  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010

    0

    Skype v FaceTime

    FaceTime may be great but Skype has the mass of customers who are already happy with what they have. FaceTime may even be superior in some ways but Skype will call between Macs and PCs. I see Skype being the #1 video calling App for a very long time to come and FaceTime being a distant second. Skype is too far ahead and their service is pretty good. I don't see this as a technology Apple can make their own.

  1. MyRightEye

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +1

    You forget one thing ducky...

    Skype is c***.

  1. erics

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +5

    Pepsi vs Coke

    Why fret? Who cares, their both available on the iPhone.
    Why is it always this vs the other :P
    Apple can make it their own easily by crippling Skype off the iPhone.
    Chill out folks ;)

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +3

    Skype vs. Facetime

    Seems obvious that Skype will 'win out', for no other reason than Skype is available on a multitude of platforms, devices, etc, while FaceTime is currently limited to iPhones and iPod touches (and macs, if you want to be an apple beta tester).

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +3

    RE: You forgot one thing

    Skype may very well be c***. FaceTime could very well be technically superior in every way. But you need two to make a call. If everyone I know is using Skype and half of them are on Windows I have to use Skype. I can't call a Skype client from FaceTime. There is a market inertia at work here that I don't see Apple overcoming in the short or even medium term.

  1. erics

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    Joined: Sep 2010

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    Simply put...

    From my understanding, Face Time is just another form of communication.
    They marketed it to be family/home driven and not in anyway shape or form marketed for mass.
    If they were even worried that other options e.g. Skype would eat up their tech your forgetting one thing.
    Its on the iPhone as well as other devices out there.
    And again, why is there even a need to have both pitted against each other?
    its not even on different platforms/devices.

  1. vasic

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    Joined: May 2005

    +2

    Fundamental difference

    The ability to call desktop computers (Macs an PCs) is not so much relevant to mobile platforms. FaceTime is brilliant because it works just like phone: you pick up a phone, dial up the number, the other person's phone rings, they answer and you're connected. Meanwhile, to call someone on Skype, you have to first call them on their phone and ask them to log into Skype (nobody I know is logged into Skype all the time -- way too many frivolous incoming Skype calls forces them to log off). Even on the mobile platform(s), FaceTime is completely seamlessly integrated with iOS, making FaceTime calls practically same as ordinary, voice calls, while Skype requires you to go into Skype application in order to make a Skype call, assuming the other party is logged into that Skype.

    I'm sure Skype will gain a lot of popularity, but that will likely NOT be at the expense of FaceTime. Their usage may overlap somewhat, but for the most part, there is significant difference between them for people to continue to use FaceTime for mobile-to-mobile video calls.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +1

    Re: Fundamental difference

    No, the other fundamental difference is both people need a new iPhone or iPod Touch to 'FaceTime'.

    And of course FaceTime is integrated into the OS. It certainly helps that Apple writes the OS, so they can 'integrate' it in, while forcing other developers to use APIs that limit their usability.

    More to the point, though, the true difference between the two is one can use Skype to make voice calls, while you're stuck with video calling with FaceTime. "Damn, Bob's FaceTiming me. Guess I need to put on some pants, shave, and comb my hair."

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