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Months after the initial announcement at CES, Skype has launched its native VoIP client for the iPhone. The long-awaited Skype for iPhone app is now available for download from the iTunes App Store. Before its official release during CTIA 2009, we had the opportunity to explore this new application with its principal engineer.

The Skype for iPhone app offers a familiar interface tailored to Apple’s design aesthetics, which may appeal to users who appreciate a seamless user experience on their iPhones. The layout of the app is intuitive, leveraging features like filters to sort contacts and enable easy navigation. While most functionalities are in line with Skype’s mobile applications’ standards, there are some unique advantages exclusive to the iPhone version.

One standout feature of Skype for iPhone is its VoIP calling capability, allowing free calls to other Skype users and affordable rates for landline calls. It’s important to note that voice calls can only be made over Wi-Fi networks, ensuring call quality relies on network strength and stability. Additionally, iPod Touch users will require earphones with a built-in microphone for voice calls.

Users can personalize their experience by setting profile pictures directly from their camera roll or taking photos within the app—an exclusive feature for iPhone users. Another interesting addition is support for incoming conference calls; although initiating conference calls isn’t currently possible on iPhones using this version.

Despite these innovative features, some functionalities common in desktop versions are missing in this initial release—such as SMS integration and direct credit purchase options. However, it is anticipated that future updates will address these limitations based on user feedback.

In terms of competition with similar apps like Nimbuzz and Fring offering cross-network messaging along with VoIP services compatible with Skype contacts—the superiority of audio quality within Skype’s dedicated app might sway users towards making it their primary choice.

FAQs

1- What is Skype?

  • Answer: Skype is a communication platform that enables video chats, voice calls, instant messaging across various devices globally.

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  • Answer: Yes, Skpye provides free services such as calling other Skype accounts but charges apply when calling landlines or mobile numbers.

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