Until now, using the VoIP client Skype to make voice calls only works on WiFi, users have to rely on third party software such Fring to overcome the limitation when only 3G network available, but the experience has been a hit and miss.
Skype just now released a new version that adds this support, so if you are out side of WiFi zone, Skype continues to work over 3G.
Skype has been reworking on its business model and sadly it will charge a small recurrence monthly fee for Skype-to-Skype starting September. My main Skype usage has been calling overseas regular phones using SkypeOut and pay low rates, I assume, I should not see additional charges for 3G support.
Skype and Verizon have been cozy up to make Skype client available on all smartphone devices. Hopefully this is a sign of something else is coming to Verizon..
What’s New in Version 2.0.0
Upgrades / improvements include:
- Call using your 3G connection. Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply).
- Near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 3GS and 2nd generation iPod touch.
- Enhanced call quality indicator.
- Improved start-up time.
- Fast access to the dial pad from iPhone home screen.