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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:36 AM   #1
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Skype Video Calling for iOS over Wi-Fi and 3G






Skype unleashed version 3.0 of the Skype App for iOS this evening. The new version brings the long awaited video conferencing for iPhone and iPod Touch.
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- Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
The new video conferencing feature works between capable iOS devices as well as desktop machines. Skype is a free download on the App Store. [App Store]

Article Link: Skype Video Calling for iOS over Wi-Fi and 3G
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:37 AM   #2
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Finally! Any news on 3G Unrestrictor problems?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:39 AM   #3
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:41 AM   #4
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What is the * on the 3G calling?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:43 AM   #5
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What is the * on the 3G calling?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:44 AM   #6
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This would have been more useful (for me and my family) a few months ago, but because of Christmas, a large majority of my family and extended family members now own some version of FaceTime (iMac, MacBook, iPod touch or iPhone 4), so for us FaceTime is more convenient to use.

But I guess better late than never.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:48 AM   #7
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Oh sure leave us iPad folks hanging for the iPad optimized version.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:51 AM   #9
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this is going to blow facetime and everything apple had on video chat right out of the water unless they pull something out of their a*& after CES!
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:55 AM   #10
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This would have been more useful (for me and my family) a few months ago, but because of Christmas, a large majority of my family and extended family members now own some version of FaceTime (iMac, MacBook, iPod touch or iPhone 4), so for us FaceTime is more convenient to use.

But I guess better late than never.
Isn't FaceTime WiFi only?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 12:56 AM   #11
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Oh sure leave us iPad folks hanging for the iPad optimized version.
What does it matter? The iPad does not have a camera. Audio-only is sufficient. Skype can worry about iPad video conferencing when Apple releases an iPad with a built-in camera.

Until then, it's a wasted engineering effort.

And yeah, I'm an iPad owner, too. I simply don't understand your sense of entitlement.
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Isn't FaceTime WiFi only?
It is, unless you have 3G Unrestrictor from Cydia.
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Battery life problems resolved yet?

How’s the battery life when not in use?

Can you remain “online” with the app completely dormant, receiving calls via Push notification (the way iOS apps are supposed to work and the way most IM apps do)?

Or does the app keep chewing CPU and battery even while in the background, unless you log off so you can’t get incoming calls? That seemed to be the case with recent versions of Skype: by many reports it wasn’t using proper iOS multitasking, and battery life was impacted even when not using Skype. I tried it for a day or two and seemed to have the same problem. Rather than keep testing, I ditched Skype for many months while awaiting a new version.

I have high hopes, but with Skype’s iOS history, I don’t want to be the guinea pig
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:09 AM   #14
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Get My3G. No problems I can find there.

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Finally! Any news on 3G Unrestrictor problems?
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great! i will download now. looking forward to this
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Hmm i found a bug. I called a person running Skype on Mac. I could see them but they could not see me even though it said it was working fine. Tried it again and it now works.
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My experience has been that 3G service is slow compared to high speed wifi/ internet. I expect the experience of a video call over 3G would be similar to using a dial up modem.

I chose the 15GB data plan but I think I will drop down to 200MB. Besides checking email once in a while, I just wait to find wifi before attempting anything over the internet. So the 15GB will likely be too much for my needs.
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this is awesome, many more people have skype then facetime (devices)....

I haven't even used skype ever before, but hey...may dabble a little with it soon
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What does it matter? The iPad does not have a camera. Audio-only is sufficient. Skype can worry about iPad video conferencing when Apple releases an iPad with a built-in camera.

Until then, it's a wasted engineering effort.

And yeah, I'm an iPad owner, too. I simply don't understand your sense of entitlement.


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So this renders facetime useless then?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:24 AM   #23
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:26 AM   #24
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Not really. The quality on this new Skype video chat is actually quite poor.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:28 AM   #25
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Does sound big.

I've been seeing 3 commercials a day for T-mobile's 4G whatever-it-is phone that can videochat without WiFi. They specifically poke fun at the iPhone 4 and FaceTime depending on WiFi, so this can't be good for them.
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