Skype for iPhone.....Pointless

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  1. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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    To me skype is pointless for the iPhone, in order to receive calls I must be signed in and have the app OPEN. So in order to receive a call via skype the caller must either phone me or send an email, which makes skype unnecessary.

    Will the new iPhone 3.0 allow background processes for programs such as skype?
     
  2. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816

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    No, but if Skype updates their App it might be able to send you a notification of someone trying to call you.
     
  3. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    True the lack of background processing is a major weakness of iphone. I guess you can always have the person call you on the iphone, then call them back using skype... :eek:
     
  4. myuserid08 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But that makes skype superfluous, whats the point in calling me (which costs depending on phone plan) when the whole point in skype is to make free calls.
     
  5. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Does skype run in the background on other phones? How does it work exactly?
     
  6. aok1975 macrumors 6502

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    You can make a 1 minute call to the other person to sign on, then call them on skype and speak for hours. What point cant you see.
     
  7. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    It runs in the background on WinMo phones... Thus it notifies you when you receive a call.

     
  8. Tokiopop macrumors 68000

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    Okay. It's pointless in you're opinion. You can carry on complaining whilst the rest of us enjoy the app.

    You can use that argument of yours for almost anything on the iPhone, including mail, IM apps, etc. But it's only just come out, and 3.0s so called 'Push' is around the corner. Wait and see, we might be surprised.

    My only problem is that there's no 3G calling. I'd say that's down to the good old phone companies, not wanting us to get the most out of our unlimited data.
     
  9. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    How is it handled when you get a normal cell phone call while one a skype call? Do you get a call waiting beep? Does it ring full volume?

    And vice versa, how is handled when you get a skype call during a normal call?
     
  10. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I did notice that the Chat has (1) while in the Skype app. It also shows up at my Home Screen.....
     

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  11. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have it a coworker does. He said that it beeps when someone calls him. He has the HTC Touch Fuze.

     
  12. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    I read that it does work over 3g as long as you are using 3.0 firmware.

     
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    SFSTATE... whats that app that you blocked out that you dont want anyone to see??
     
  15. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    PM sent, it's a personal homepage....:eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. kas23 macrumors 603

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    My biggest question is; do you really just have a total of 15 apps on your iPhone?
     
  17. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    it used to until this new beta came out today.
     
  18. chox99 macrumors regular

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    I agree it's pretty much pointless until backgrounder and 3G is available. :eek:
     
  19. ruinfx macrumors 6502a

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    lol @ ie icon for safari and vista box for installer
     
  20. FearNo1 macrumors 6502a

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    That really sux. Maybe the full release will allow 3G? If not then I may not get an iphone after all.

     
  21. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Actually, I have nine pages of apps, but my 5-icon dock blocks the white circles.....:p:p:p
     
  22. aok1975 macrumors 6502

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    how is it pointless? its not meant to replace you phone plan.
     
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  24. aok1975 macrumors 6502

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    mine does:D
     
  25. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree that using Skype to call phone to phone is kinda pointless - saves minutes, I guess. Calling Skype to computer (or vice versa) has its uses, but I think one big point is largely being missed here: if you have a Skype account and SkypeOut credit, you can use Skype on your iPhone to call regular phones anywhere in the world for pennies a minute (depending on the country). Not that most people do a lot of international calling, but when you need it, it works great.
     

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