Skype 2.0 With 3G Calling Lands on iPhone

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Skype 2.0 for iPhone has finally arrived, bringing with it the 3G calling that's been promised for months and months. But get your calls in quick—there will be a "small monthly fee" for Skype-to-Skype calls after August.


That's an unpleasant surprise, definitely, but at least for the summer you'll get the 3G Skype-to-Skype action you might've forgotten you were waiting for. Here's the full rundown of what's new:

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.

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I was frustrated for a picosecond, but then I remembered that the only reason why I wanted Skype on my iPhone was so that I could make international calls on the go, for which I pay a yearly subscription fee anyway. For the rare case I would *want* to make a call to a Skype account, I guess I'll just use Fring :-)