Skype Confirms 3G iPhone App Coming Soon!

Remember when Apple allowed their iPhone SDK to have VoIP apps to be used over the 3G network? We saw the announcement of a Fring 3G iPhone app, but the only 3G VoIP app we were all waiting for was Skype.

Why is a 3G version of Skype so important? Skype over 3G will allow you to use a monthly Skype subscription (for $3/month unlimited calls to Canada/USA) and SkypeOut credit (without the need to jailbreak your iPhone!). That means you will no longer need to pay expensive long distance charges on Rogers ($0.35 minute vs Skype’s $0.02/minute!!). You do want to save some money, right? 🙂

Skype Confirms: 3G Version Coming Soon with “CD Quality” Sound

Today the Skype team confirmed with the LA Times that a 3G version of their popular VoIP iPhone app is coming soon. They are currently working on this app soon as confirmed by the leader of Skype’s iPhone team, David Ponsford.

He mentions in the following video that ‘CD quality sound’ will be available for Skype to Skype calls, and a red/yellow/green indicator (the current version has an existing feature) to show call quality in real time.

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  • How much data does each call take

    I might drop the voice part in my plan ad just get 3GB of data

  • yearoftherat

    I'm sure Rogers will not allow this app to run on their network. Allowing Skype run on Rogers network = loss revenue.

  • George

    Can't wait till this cones out how much is that total cost per month with vat and currency change and taxes 5-6 a month right

  • Carl W.

    I'm pretty sure they will, you know they'll get class action suits if they block it.

  • yearoftherat

    There are a lot of apps that are available on iTunes US that are not available here…this will be no different.

  • George

    We paid for data usage why shouldn't we able to use it as we please. AT&T in the states had the FCC force them to allow it . Why shouldn't we be able to use voip over 3g if that's the case they should credit us the monthly cost of data so it will be to browse the web and have them control how we use the data connection

  • Carl W.

    My only biggest gripe right now is that Skype has no Skype-In numbers for Canada.

  • yearoftherat

    Yes I do agree with you that we do pay for our data and that we should be able to do what we want with it. Rogers didn't allow it before so we'll wait and see what happens.

  • yearoftherat

    Yeah a real PITA when I make long distance calls to my parents.. it shows up as a set of random numbers.

  • I've been doing some testing, and my findings will be published soon.

    One thing is for sure, if you're using Skype over 3G regularly, a 500MB data plan will not be enough. The 6GB plan would be recommended.

  • Agree. Fring's 3G application is evidence of this. Data is data, and I find it would be challenging for Rogers to track what is VoIP data vs other data!

  • It's $3/month…so even after the exchange it'll be under $4/month for UNLIMITED calls to Canada and the USA! You can't beat that! 😉

  • Yeah, I agree. We've been waiting for that to come here, but apparently some 911 regulations are “stopping it” from coming here.

  • You can add Caller ID to Skype by purchasing SkypeOut credit. Then, you just add your cellphone number as Caller ID! It's awesome and I have it up and running. Read here on how to do it:

    http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/tips-tricks/how-to

  • Fraser

    CD quality Skype calls? Let's just concentrate on usable or heck, intelligible quality first, huh Skype?

  • nosnoop

    What can they do to stop it though?
    If it is available at iTunes US store only, then we'll get it from there!

  • christttt

    skype credit is $14 dollars ,my question is, will this expired? I have the $3 a month unlimited usa/canada ,What are those 14 bucks for?

  • yearoftherat

    For those of us that have an US account (yes I do have one), it is available for download as with other apps that are not available for us Canadians.
    But there are a lot of iPhone users out there that do not and therefore will have to find other means of getting it.

  • yearoftherat

    Allows you to send SMS via skype to any mobile phone. Yo need to pay it so that Skype can SMS you the code to set up your caller ID. Yeah its dumb but thats skype for ya.

  • The $14 is for calls outside of Canada/USA and caller ID. It's like a
    calling card. I believe it expires in 6 months if you don't sign in or
    use it. Double check that!

    Gary

  • donger

    does anybody have a problems with dropped skype calls when you receive a text message while on the phone?

  • AJ

    I have Skype and have jailbroken with 3G Unrestrictor and make calls ALL THE TIME over 3G and it is AWESOME. I have the $3/month unlimited North America wide Skype calling plan and my caller ID shows up as my own Cell Phone number. It is GREAT. Screw you Rogers and your BS rates. And by unlocking it, I use a US SIM card with a great plan when I cross the border and it still shows up as my home cell phone. Screw you AGAIN Rogers hahahah. The only drawbacks at this point are that the service is not so great on the Edge network, there is no bluetooth support, and YES the calls get cut out when texts or other pop up messages come up – which is a real problem, however, for the amount of money I'm saving it's well worth it. I've even cancelled my Shaw Digital Phone service that was $50/month unlimited North America coverage so… Screw You Too Shaw!! lol. I hope consumers have the nards to Class Action or the CRTC gets involved on the consumer's side if Rogers blocks it's use… it's about time Rogers gets a punch in the nose with their obscene monopoly rates and 6000% mark-up on text messages… Until the JAILBREAK!! Skype on 3G is THE BEST. I love it. (can you tell? lol)

  • JMCD23

    I don't think I've had that, but other incoming calls will close skype on me. If it's a big deal I just run backgrounder so it won't close it.

  • JMCD23

    Run the backgrounder app from cydia and it won't close skype off either 🙂

    I can't believe I didn't know about the whole Caller ID thing in skype, ugh just did it! All the calls that could've been made because of me showing up as 000000011111 🙁

  • Hehe…okay, nice work emphasizing how really awesome Skype + 3G + 3G
    Unrestrictor really is. It's the best when you're travelling in the
    States…and you can use your SkypeOut to call home and make local calls. I
    love Skype!

  • chrisuu

    for buetooth support install bluetoothMono from cydia

  • stevefromtoronto

    Here is my experience with Skype, 3G & 3G Unrestrictor and the Pay as you go plan.
    – It works well in quiet situations – As for driving in a car I find the sound quality isn't good enough
    – Calls on skype are 2cents a minute after the 6 cent connect fee so you end up with a lot of 8 cent one minute calls
    In retrospect I wish I knew how good Gizmo5 ($5.99), Google Voice and GV Mobile + ($?) was on the iPhone. With this you can get
    -Quality is the same as Skype
    – Free calls in North America
    – You do not have to run application in background (A push message for a new call that opens Gizmo5 works just fine)
    – You also get free SMS messages and Voice to text email forwarding
    (Disclaimer: You cannot subscribe to Gizmo5 as a new user since Google bought them out – but works well if you already have a userid)

  • dopamine4u

    cool.. but how about you (skype) make it so that the app doesn't put calls on hold when a SMS or any notification pops up. skype software is too inconvenient now, especially with fido offering unlimited long distance (canada-wide) for $20/mth… at the skype price, that's about 25 mins a day… i talk slightly less than that on long distance daily, and 3g isn't reliable enough to really tailor flexibly for everyone. might work when 4g gsm is mainstreem

  • JMCD23

    $2.50/month if you buy a full year for ult. north america. I probably use about 200 minutes per month so for me it works out to be quite cheap. I've found skype to be just as good for calls as a regular call. There is a bit more of a delay, but it's well worth it.

  • dopamine4u

    cool.. but how about you (skype) make it so that the app doesn't put calls on hold when a SMS or any notification pops up. skype software is too inconvenient now, especially with fido offering unlimited long distance (canada-wide) for $20/mth… at the skype price, that's about 25 mins a day… i talk slightly less than that on long distance daily, and 3g isn't reliable enough to really tailor flexibly for everyone. might work when 4g gsm is mainstreem

  • JMCD23

    $2.50/month if you buy a full year for ult. north america. I probably use about 200 minutes per month so for me it works out to be quite cheap. I've found skype to be just as good for calls as a regular call. There is a bit more of a delay, but it's well worth it.