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iPhone SDK Now Allows VoIP Over 3G: iPad + Skype Soon?

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Most predictions from yesterday’s Apple iPad Event was that we would see some sort of preview of the next iPhone OS–which never came. However, not all hope has been lost as Apple has updated their iPhone SDK (to support the iPad) to now allow VoIP over 3G!

iPad Skype Calls Over 3G Are Imminent

What does this mean? That means VoIP apps like Skype will now be able to make calls over 3G, without the need to jailbreak (and install 3G Unrestrictor). What does this mean for iPad users on 3G data plans? It means you should theoretically be able to make Skype calls over your iPad data plan.

The iPad is equipped with a mic and speaker which should allow calls. I’m confident the iPhone headphones will work seamlessly with the iPad (like they do on the unibody MacBooks). People have been complaining about why the iPad doesn’t have a phone feature. Well, your phone feature can be now through Skype. Why pay for a phone plan when your data connection can do it all?

VoIP Over 3G Apps Are Already Available in the App Store

Evidence of this recent change is through the VoIP app iCall, which allows calls over 3G and WiFi. It’s only a matter of time before Skype releases an updated version to reflect calls over 3G. That means everybody with an iPhone (jailbroken or not) can start making unlimited calls within Canada/USA for $2.95/month (and even add Skype Caller ID!) on their iPads. Bring it on!

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  • chzplz

    it also has bluetooth, so concievably a bluetooth headset would work.

  • Dusty

    This is very interesting and I think that with the new iPad, it will be capable of phone calls. This may open the doors to other options like mentioned above and maybe not jailbreaking in order to do so.

  • djepsilon

    Only crappy thing is that Skype won't be able to run in the background! (I still don't get how you leave out multi-tasking on this device). Apparently developers have also found things that relate to a camera on the device in the SDK too. Check it out: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/28/ipad-simula

    Probably won't happen, but we can always dream…. Speaking of dreaming, maybe there is no camera on the iPad because they will all be on the next iPhone?!

  • This is a big deal. The allowance of VOIP changes the paradigm pretty significantly. Would hazard to guess that the next iteration of iPad will certainly include a front facing camera for video conferencing. It's a natural fit (as it is for the iPhone at some point).

  • chzplz

    it also has bluetooth, so concievably a bluetooth headset would work.

  • Guest

    This is very interesting and I think that with the new iPad, it will be capable of phone calls. This may open the doors to other options like mentioned above and maybe not jailbreaking in order to do so.

  • djepsilon

    Only crappy thing is that Skype won't be able to run in the background! (I still don't get how you leave out multi-tasking on this device). Apparently developers have also found things that relate to a camera on the device in the SDK too. Check it out: http://www.macrumors.com/2010/01/28/ipad-simula

    Probably won't happen, but we can always dream…. Speaking of dreaming, maybe there is no camera on the iPad because they will all be on the next iPhone?!

  • This is a big deal. The allowance of VOIP changes the paradigm pretty significantly. Would hazard to guess that the next iteration of iPad will certainly include a front facing camera for video conferencing. It's a natural fit (as it is for the iPhone at some point).

  • A large screen cell phone? Funny!

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