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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 30, 2009 @ 11:56 am

    Skype to come to Blackberry, iPhone

    Ciara O'Brien

    For different reasons, I’ve become a much more frequent user of Skype lately. The only downside is that it still isn’t available for some phones, including the Blackberry.

    Well that’s about to change.

    The application is set to be released for the Blackberry in May [TechDigest], but much more exciting (for some people anyway) is the fact that the iPhone is finally getting a version of the popular programme.

    iPhone users should be able to use Wifi or 3G to access the service, calling other skype users free of charge. The version of the iPhone Touch that includes the microphone will also be compatible with the application.

    The only downside is, no video calls just yet.

    While I’m not convinced that your average 3G user wants to make video calls with their networks (something I’m sure that most people would agree with), Skype users are a slightly different breed.

    I’ve never made a video call on my 3G network, but frequently use Skype to video call friends who are travelling. So video calls get the thumbs up from me.

    • Finbarr says:

      I’ve made a few calls over 3G using Skype on my iPhone and the quality has been very impressive. Just as good as a normal voice call in fact!

      This will be a saving on my bill. I’m not sure O2 will be too pleased about it though.

      /Finbarr

    • Leslie says:

      3G is blocked, for fairly obvious commercial reasons.

      I say this and though, wonderful at last. I went and downloaded to my iphone just to find out that it can only be used with wifi.

      I am convinced that it will come eventually to 3G, but it looks like they all have to get together to figure out how to make it pay, can’t really give the populace free or very cheap calls now can we?

    • Ciara says:

      There are a few Skype phones on the market though, they allow Skype to Skype calls on a 3g network.

      I’d feel hard done-by…