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Skype Update for iOS 4 Now in the App Store

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Skype has been updated for iOS 4 and it’s now in the App Store (it was previously updated for 3G calling). This means that you can now receive calls in the background via Skype. If you’re on a Skype $3/month subscription plan (unlimited calls to landlines in Canada/USA), you’re going to be saving a lot of money!

Skype 2.1 Description:

Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application. Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Skype To Cancel Plans to Charge for 3G Calls Next Year!

According to Peter Parkes:

At Skype, we believe that better call quality and better availability (which is achieved with an app capable of multitasking and/or making calls over 3G) lead to increased call frequency and longer calls. We also believe that the mobile world is in a period of significant change, for example, with some operators starting to move to tiered pricing models.

In light of that, we no longer have plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G. We’re delighted to make it easier for you to talk for even longer and do even more together using Skype.

When will video chat be available for Skype? Guess we’re going to have to wait once again. This update is available now. Go get it (iTunes link)!

[When Will Apple for the Skype 3G update]

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  • Vas

    Just updated…so far so good as the multitasking seems to be working as advertised . You can receive Skype IM push notifications as well. Sweet!

  • Arie

    Now all i need is my iPhone 4.. on that subject the pre-order date should've been announced/commenced by now.. something must be up!

  • Very nice. We're not going to charged by Rogers for using Skype over 3G though, are we? I don't want to suddenly get hit with a surprise on my cell phone bill.

  • Don't think so. 3G calling should remain free forever!

  • Sgtboy

    @Drew

    I have been using 3G on skype via rogers for over 20 days and just got my bill. NO EXTRA charges, just your data usage 100% confirmed

  • Jr123456

    I've never used Sykpe before. Does it use your data to make the calls?
    Can you receive calls with Skype or forward your calls to it?
    If anyone has a link handy that would be great.. I'll obviously search too 🙂

  • Wao

    Where the heck is the iPad version ?!

  • Very cool, thanks.

  • websnap

    I was told by someone at rogers that there will be no Pre-order. Just first come first serve. Though all I can vouch for is that this is the info I'm getting for Manitoba.

    Was there a pre-order anywhere for the 3Gs?

  • Vas

    Update: Skype doesn't seem to say 'online' for a long time when running in the background. Must have been under an hour when I noticed Skype on my iPhone became offline. Anyone else noticed this? Would have been nice if it remained online for at least a few hours 🙁

  • Wuju

    I'm just happy that the 3G call charge is canceled. Now I can update mine!

  • excaliburca

    Glad to hear about Skype… would definitely use that on a more regular basis since I have 6GB to play with.

  • Randi

    It's not working very well. I think it needs a few tweeks.
    Error message on startup that it only works with unmodified phones.

  • Wen

    what a waste of time! multitasking is NOT working on jailbroken iphones!

  • Vas

    Another Update: Based on some more testing, from my PC I sent a Skype IM to my 'offline' iPhone Skype contact and I got a push notification from Skype on my phone. So that could mean Skype is still working in the background even if your Skype contact appears to be offline.

  • Hagow

    This is amazing news for once Skype did the right thing by not charging for calls over 3G.

  • JMCD23

    Awesome! Upgrade time!

  • Arie

    no i meant a pre-order from Apple.. as much as I want to pay 299$ at rogers.. it just seem's better to get with Apple and factory unlocked.

  • Im on a waiting list at a Burlington On , Rogers dealer ..apparently any info ( upgrading , pricing etc ) on the new Iphone 4 from Rogers can come as late as the morning of the 30th .. he expects 60 units for his location for the 30th ..

  • Skype is slow to update, but it's always worth the wait. I have used it several times already. You can receive calls and text in the background, and you can also leave the app and keep talking. I tried it over wi-fi and 3G and the call quality is amazing.

  • But I heard the multitasking feature is disabled on jailbreaked IPhone. And with skype running on the background, I think the battery will runs out real quick.

  • Lego

    How do you receive calls on Skype? To my understanding, Skype does not offer Canadian phobe numbers at this time… Or has that changed?

  • Tomsiphone

    I got the update this morning (Thursday) and it seems to work fine. But, how do I get it to work in the background?

    I started Skype on my iPhone and then had another guy in the office call me and it worked fine. I “double clicked” the home button and then started an audio stream in Safari, thinking that Skype was still running in the background. When the guy tried to call me again, there was no indication that there was an incoming call…no ringing, no pop-up notification. And, I still show online on his list of contacts. What am I missing?? :))

    The phone is a 3GS (old Bootrom) running iOS 4, JB with Sn0wbreeze and unlocked with ultrasn0w.

  • Tomsiphone

    << Update >> I did some searching around on other sites and it seems that I am doing things correctly, as far as multitasking.

    However, when I double-tap the home button from Skype, use another app from the opened window, double -tap again and go back to Skype, it shows “Signing-in” on the screen and also plays the start-up sound. So, it would appear that it is not available for calls in the background but simply running. It signs you out when you go to another app via multi-tasking, as verified by people on my list who see me going offline and online as I switch apps. This is disappointing!

    I also checked the Skype setting in the iPhone settings (Settings > Skype) and they seem correct.

    Oh well…maybe some day 🙂

  • zeeman

    Yeah yeah yeah…. what about bluetooth support? Seems they keep overlooking that little baby.

  • Lego

    How do you receive calls via Skype? Don't you need an online Canadian phone no. for that? I read that Skype does not offer skypein phone numbers in Canada at this time. Thanks!! 🙂

  • You can receive calls from other Skype users with the latest version, if you have an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. You can receive calls from all phones with a Skypein number, but you are right, they don't have Canadian numbers at this time.

  • I seem to be running into issues too. I'm gonna try a reinstall.

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  • Harry Joseph

    go there an get a canadian number
    http://www.didww.com/virtual_numbers/Canada

  • Harry Joseph

    http://www.didww.com/virtual_numbers/Canada

    get a canadian number here and map it to your skype userid

  • Flaxx

    yeah, it is annoying but it can be easily fixed by installing backgrounder and setting skype in the overrides to “backgrounder” instead of “native”. Then Skype works as expected (complete with the red bar on the top to indicate a call in progress).

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