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Skype for iPhone App Launches–EXCEPT IN CANADA!

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Are you a Skype enthusiast? If you are, today is going to be a happy day, unless you’re a Canadian iPhone user! We first experienced Skype on the iPhone via Fring, which was available only to jailbroken iPhones. Once the App Store launched, we ended up with the official Fring app, with another alternative called Nimbuzz.

Well, as of today the official Skype app for iPhone should be available for download, but not in Canada. iPhone users in Japan got their hands on the app before anybody and many have been quite pleased. Almost every feature of Skype on your computer will be available on the Skype iPhone app.

Whoa, hold up. So Canadian Users Are Shut Out of the Skype App? Why?

The Skype for iPhone App is going to be available in EVERY country that has an iTunes Store, EXCEPT FOR CANADA! When I read about this on the CBC website (thanks ChantelleJoy!), I was flabbergasted and laughed out loud. It seems inherently Canadian to be shut out of the latest things, doesn’t it?

We had to wait a year for the first gen iPhone (so did everybody else, but it hurt us the most since were are neighbours with the USA). When I was growing up I remembered not being able to find certain toys, video games, clothes, CDs, etc in Canada. It just wasn’t possible so road trips down South were very common. Gee, things haven’t changed, have they?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s an excerpt from the CBC article:

Chaim Haas, a public relations representative acting on behalf of Skype, said the application is available in every country in which the iPhone is on sale and in which Apple has an iTunes Store โ€” with the exception of Canada.

Haas said this is because of patent-licence restrictions but would not elaborate except to specify that it is a patent issue related to Skype, not Apple.

So there you have it, the reason why we don’t have the Skype iPhone app is because of a patent issue. It has nothing to do this time with either Rogers or Apple.

However, the article also states that “CRTC regulations require phone service operators to offer enhanced 911, which allows the operator to find the location of a caller.” This is the reason why SkypeIn is not available in Canada. It could also be another reason why Skype is not in Canada for the iPhone.

Click here to send the Skype team a friendly message from Canada, demanding that they release the app for Canadian iPhone users!

How to Download Skype for the iPhone if You’re in Canada

Still want the Skype app? All you have to do is create a US iTunes account. Once you’ve done that you can enjoy the app. I downloaded the Skype app and despite troubleshooting with it for 15 mins, I could not get past the start up screen. The app would crash every time I touched a field that required the iPhone keyboard.

**EDIT**: Looks like all you have to do is update MobileSubstrate via Cydia to bypass the constant crashing on jailbroken iPhones. Thanks @reneritchie for the tip!

So it looks like my Skype for iPhone review will have to finish up later when the app is updated to quash these bugs. Until next time, enjoy the following screenshots of my progress (it does look pretty!):

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John Biehler has a great video demonstrating the Skype app. Watch below and get ready to be dazzled:

If you’ve managed to download the Skype app via a US iTunes store, I’d love to hear your experiences with it so far. Any crashes? How is the call quality compared to Fring/Nimbuzz? Leave a comment or head to this thread in the forums!

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  • Stefan

    why send Skype a “friendly” e-mail… they could get sued for releasing it… might as well get mad at the people with the patent war not Skype/Ebay. Anyway I got the IPA but it barely works.. after 1 min of being in the app, it crashes.. feels like alpha to me lol

  • Stefan

    why send Skype a “friendly” e-mail… they could get sued for releasing it… might as well get mad at the people with the patent war not Skype/Ebay. Anyway I got the IPA but it barely works.. after 1 min of being in the app, it crashes.. feels like alpha to me lol

  • Thomas

    I am done with the iPhone. I will never purchase a device that is so locked down again. Yes this is a patent restriction, and the CRTC should be rebuilt from the ground up as they are an organization that only concerns themselves with big business and not the consumer. But this would not even matter if not for the locks on the phone. This doesn’t happen on my Mac, or the Blackberry I used to have. I could install anything I wanted, because it was my device. I feel like I am borrowing Apple’s device and have to beg and grovel to get anything that may be new and cool. VERY frustrating!

  • Thomas

    I am done with the iPhone. I will never purchase a device that is so locked down again. Yes this is a patent restriction, and the CRTC should be rebuilt from the ground up as they are an organization that only concerns themselves with big business and not the consumer. But this would not even matter if not for the locks on the phone. This doesn’t happen on my Mac, or the Blackberry I used to have. I could install anything I wanted, because it was my device. I feel like I am borrowing Apple’s device and have to beg and grovel to get anything that may be new and cool. VERY frustrating!

  • thatgadgetgirl

    I just use IM+ for Skype…not free but doesn’t crash and works great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thatgadgetgirl

    I just use IM+ for Skype…not free but doesn’t crash and works great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ChantelleJoy

    Well, needless to say being left out of one of the most important App Launches so far is really disappointing. I do use fring from time to time, but would really prefer Skype as I do have subscription account for free Canada/US Landline calling, and would LOVE to be able to log into that via wifi and test it out.

    Hopefully Skype is at least planning on sorting all this out shortly – in the meantime I’ll probably grab it on my US iTunes account, but I’m hoping I can log in without issue, given that my Skype account is Canadian.

  • ChantelleJoy

    Well, needless to say being left out of one of the most important App Launches so far is really disappointing. I do use fring from time to time, but would really prefer Skype as I do have subscription account for free Canada/US Landline calling, and would LOVE to be able to log into that via wifi and test it out.

    Hopefully Skype is at least planning on sorting all this out shortly – in the meantime I’ll probably grab it on my US iTunes account, but I’m hoping I can log in without issue, given that my Skype account is Canadian.

  • Mike

    I just downloaded Skype onto my iPhone. 15 seconds later I got a call from a friend who claimed the quality of the call was excellent, as it was on my end. This was using WiFi. I made several test calls and chatted with no problems. I am very happy with the new Skype.I had tried IM+, but didn’t feel the quality of the calls was good enough and subscribed to TruPhone, which has worked out very well. But I am glad Skype is working now.

  • Mike

    I just downloaded Skype onto my iPhone. 15 seconds later I got a call from a friend who claimed the quality of the call was excellent, as it was on my end. This was using WiFi. I made several test calls and chatted with no problems. I am very happy with the new Skype.I had tried IM+, but didn’t feel the quality of the calls was good enough and subscribed to TruPhone, which has worked out very well. But I am glad Skype is working now.

  • Teebs

    I never got on the VoIP scene yet… Can someone explain to me what Fring is and how it compares to Skype?

    Also are either free? what is free and what costs money? Ideally, how would I use this to get it’s best use out of it? Thanks.

  • Teebs

    I never got on the VoIP scene yet… Can someone explain to me what Fring is and how it compares to Skype?

    Also are either free? what is free and what costs money? Ideally, how would I use this to get it’s best use out of it? Thanks.

  • Guest

    Ill pass, don’t need.

  • Dusty

    Ill pass, don’t need.

  • You can get a US iTunes Account simply by following the steps here :
    http://techwiredau.com/2008/09/grab-a-free-itunes-account-for-any-country/

    I used my own address like so myaddress+us@gmail.com so it’s the same mailbox. Use an Apple Retail store address ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Syephen Gandell

    I downloaded it from my US account. I have had no problems at all, note that my phone is not jailbroken. I was using Fring before and there are two major differences.

    1. The sound quality is much better

    2. With Fringe everytime I choose a contact from my contact list I had to change the number to put a +1 in front and even then the call would not always go through.

    With Skype you can import a contact from your contact list ( 1 contact at a time) and add the +1 once. Once you do this the number is set for future use.

    Plus when you are on a call you can access the speakerphone and keypad…Nice!

    I like it. I use it when I travel to the US to make calls from hotspots so it will work great for me.

  • You can get a US iTunes Account simply by following the steps here :
    http://techwiredau.com/2008/09/grab-a-free-itunes-account-for-any-country/

    I used my own address like so myaddress+us@gmail.com so it’s the same mailbox. Use an Apple Retail store address ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Syephen Gandell

    I downloaded it from my US account. I have had no problems at all, note that my phone is not jailbroken. I was using Fring before and there are two major differences.

    1. The sound quality is much better

    2. With Fringe everytime I choose a contact from my contact list I had to change the number to put a +1 in front and even then the call would not always go through.

    With Skype you can import a contact from your contact list ( 1 contact at a time) and add the +1 once. Once you do this the number is set for future use.

    Plus when you are on a call you can access the speakerphone and keypad…Nice!

    I like it. I use it when I travel to the US to make calls from hotspots so it will work great for me.

  • IcemanYVR

    You don’t need a US ITunes account to get Skype. Simply Google skype.ipa and download. Drag the file into the iTunes application folder, and then sync away.

    @Gary, I’m sure you know this by now, but Skype doesn’t work so well on Jailbroken phones.

  • IcemanYVR

    You don’t need a US ITunes account to get Skype. Simply Google skype.ipa and download. Drag the file into the iTunes application folder, and then sync away.

    @Gary, I’m sure you know this by now, but Skype doesn’t work so well on Jailbroken phones.

  • Updating Cydia on jailbroken iPhones seems to stop the crashing!

  • Updating Cydia on jailbroken iPhones seems to stop the crashing!

  • @IcemanYVR when you use your method and try to sync, it says that the app can not be verified.. any further info?

  • @IcemanYVR when you use your method and try to sync, it says that the app can not be verified.. any further info?

  • disregard previous comment.. i just signed up for a US itunes account instead (without prepaid card) and skype works perfectly.. no crashes. I love technology

  • disregard previous comment.. i just signed up for a US itunes account instead (without prepaid card) and skype works perfectly.. no crashes. I love technology

  • nkm

    So if i was to get a US account via one of the methods on the web, would i have to then link that account to iphone, and thus lose all my previous apps from previous account? also since i will have to use the same account on itunes and iphone, would my music from previous account be de-authorized? is there an yway to use more than one itunes account on the iphone?

  • nkm

    So if i was to get a US account via one of the methods on the web, would i have to then link that account to iphone, and thus lose all my previous apps from previous account? also since i will have to use the same account on itunes and iphone, would my music from previous account be de-authorized? is there an yway to use more than one itunes account on the iphone?

  • Chris

    Gay. Nothing like screwing the advancement of technology!

  • Chris

    Gay. Nothing like screwing the advancement of technology!

  • Graham

    D/L this am form US store and installed. Works really very well sound is better than when I use my computer not tinny at all and no feedback.

    I noticed that although I was on WiFi on home network that the 3G label was up while I was making my call in Skype….I have the mondo 6Gb plan so no worries but is anyone else noticing this?

  • Graham

    D/L this am form US store and installed. Works really very well sound is better than when I use my computer not tinny at all and no feedback.

    I noticed that although I was on WiFi on home network that the 3G label was up while I was making my call in Skype….I have the mondo 6Gb plan so no worries but is anyone else noticing this?

  • I just used this method mentioned above to get a FREE US account .. downloaded Skype , made some calls , works great for me .
    Thanks

  • I just used this method mentioned above to get a FREE US account .. downloaded Skype , made some calls , works great for me .
    Thanks

  • Thanks to iphoneincanada.ca for providing great info on creating a US Itunes Acct i now has Skype .. you guyz Rock ..
    heheheheheh

  • Thanks to iphoneincanada.ca for providing great info on creating a US Itunes Acct i now has Skype .. you guyz Rock ..
    heheheheheh

  • Josh

    Has anyone tried adding the com.skype.skype to VoIPover3G.plist?
    I have done this and I still can’t make calls over 3g.

    Here is my exact file:
    Filter = {Bundles = (“com.Fringland.Fring”, “com.apple.AppStore”, “com.audiofile.Interstate”, “com.apple.MobileStore”, “com.skype.skype”);};

    Thanks

  • Josh

    Has anyone tried adding the com.skype.skype to VoIPover3G.plist?
    I have done this and I still can’t make calls over 3g.

    Here is my exact file:
    Filter = {Bundles = (“com.Fringland.Fring”, “com.apple.AppStore”, “com.audiofile.Interstate”, “com.apple.MobileStore”, “com.skype.skype”);};

    Thanks

  • mike

    Went to U.S. account. Highly recommended. Works wonderfully!! My iphone is not jailbroken. The skype app is an absolute winner. I found it hard to believe, but reception is clearer than a normal call with Rogers….

  • mike

    Went to U.S. account. Highly recommended. Works wonderfully!! My iphone is not jailbroken. The skype app is an absolute winner. I found it hard to believe, but reception is clearer than a normal call with Rogers….

  • After installing Skype, upgrade your MobileSubstrate. Enable performance boost in Intelliscreen. Edit voipover3g and add com.skype.skype.

  • After installing Skype, upgrade your MobileSubstrate. Enable performance boost in Intelliscreen. Edit voipover3g and add com.skype.skype.

  • Mr.Skype

    I set up a usa account and downloaded skype on my pc but it won’t sync to my ipod touch, why. itunes just freezes. I have latest version of itunes for mac. Also it will wipe out all my other apps, will I loose my music or just app?
    Why is this available using skype on PSP in canada for over a year, I can use fring and no 911 service.
    But how come I can’t use Rogers iphone in northern ontario, no service, no 911, their should be a law for Rogers and Bell to cover entire country. That is why I use skype no cell coverage in rural parts of canada.

  • I set up a usa account and downloaded skype on my pc but it won’t sync to my ipod touch, why. itunes just freezes. I have latest version of itunes for mac. Also it will wipe out all my other apps, will I loose my music or just app?
    Why is this available using skype on PSP in canada for over a year, I can use fring and no 911 service.
    But how come I can’t use Rogers iphone in northern ontario, no service, no 911, their should be a law for Rogers and Bell to cover entire country. That is why I use skype no cell coverage in rural parts of canada.

  • rayray14

    William,

    Do you have links for instructions you followed for your steps outlined?

  • rayray14

    William,

    Do you have links for instructions you followed for your steps outlined?

  • A_man

    just download it from installous
    add cydia.hackulo.us in cydia

    get skype from there.

  • A_man

    just download it from installous
    add cydia.hackulo.us in cydia

    get skype from there.

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  • Mr.Skype

    Here is skypes official response I just was emailed:

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Skype Support.

    We apologize for the inconvenience you’ve experienced while trying to download Skype for iPhone. Unfortunately, the Skype for iPhone application is not available for use in Canada at this time. There is an ambiguous restriction in one of the standards-based technology licenses, and we are looking into it. The issue is not related to Apple, nor is it specific to Skype.

    Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience and would like to assure you that we are working on resolving this issue as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy using Skype on your iPhone in the nearest future.

    Best regards,

    Mihkel S.
    Skype support

  • Here is skypes official response I just was emailed:

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Skype Support.

    We apologize for the inconvenience you’ve experienced while trying to download Skype for iPhone. Unfortunately, the Skype for iPhone application is not available for use in Canada at this time. There is an ambiguous restriction in one of the standards-based technology licenses, and we are looking into it. The issue is not related to Apple, nor is it specific to Skype.

    Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience and would like to assure you that we are working on resolving this issue as soon as possible.

    Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy using Skype on your iPhone in the nearest future.

    Best regards,

    Mihkel S.
    Skype support

  • Mr.Skype

    What the heck Is that email supposed to mean?

  • What the heck Is that email supposed to mean?

  • LOL, they lost me after the line “Thank you for contacting Skype Support.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • LOL, they lost me after the line “Thank you for contacting Skype Support.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thomas

    I strongly suspect this is due to the CRTC. For those not familiar with the CRTC, it’s the organization set up to help the people, but only helps big monopolies make more money.

  • Thomas

    I strongly suspect this is due to the CRTC. For those not familiar with the CRTC, it’s the organization set up to help the people, but only helps big monopolies make more money.

  • Rob

    I’m trying to find out who the patent or licence holder is…

  • Rob

    I’m trying to find out who the patent or licence holder is…

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  • iskyper

    Call me a cynic, but my gut says that Rogers is behind the “ambiguous restriction”. IM’d on skype successfully once. Now longer able to log in – notice says “can’t connect to skype. please check your network settings….” Anyone else having probs?

  • iskyper

    Call me a cynic, but my gut says that Rogers is behind the “ambiguous restriction”. IM’d on skype successfully once. Now longer able to log in – notice says “can’t connect to skype. please check your network settings….” Anyone else having probs?

  • Doug

    I also download from a US account now I see Apple has changed their license agreement so you can only hold one account from one country and it has to be where you live I am assuming this is to stop Canadians from downloading skype.
    P.S. first version did not work, all the time but since the upgrade is working just fine my new problem is if I go back to the Canadian itunes store will they now recognize the skype app and remove it. When I heard Skye was comming to the ipod 2 I went out and bought it now I am waiting for Sirrius app for ipod until then I guess I won’t be logging into itunes Canada until they get this issue solved in Canada.

  • Doug

    I also download from a US account now I see Apple has changed their license agreement so you can only hold one account from one country and it has to be where you live I am assuming this is to stop Canadians from downloading skype.
    P.S. first version did not work, all the time but since the upgrade is working just fine my new problem is if I go back to the Canadian itunes store will they now recognize the skype app and remove it. When I heard Skye was comming to the ipod 2 I went out and bought it now I am waiting for Sirrius app for ipod until then I guess I won’t be logging into itunes Canada until they get this issue solved in Canada.

  • Alexi

    I used http://Hackulo.us / Crackulous / Appulous to pirate the free skype app and download it directly onto my phone from their repositories.

    Worked better than trying to bother with iTunes. I think that’s the only legitimate use of those guys XD

  • Alexi

    I used http://Hackulo.us / Crackulous / Appulous to pirate the free skype app and download it directly onto my phone from their repositories.

    Worked better than trying to bother with iTunes. I think that’s the only legitimate use of those guys XD

  • jon

    can you tell me step by step how to do this.

    having problem’s

    THanks,

  • jon

    can you tell me step by step how to do this.

    having problem’s

    THanks,

  • SuperJay

    Well I dowloaded the skype app by creating a us account. The problem is that it still will not allow me to call saying that the call is not allowed. I guess the only way to Dix this is to jailbreak the phone. if their is any other way to so this please let my know.

  • SuperJay

    Well I dowloaded the skype app by creating a us account. The problem is that it still will not allow me to call saying that the call is not allowed. I guess the only way to Dix this is to jailbreak the phone. if their is any other way to so this please let my know.

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