Two questions about Skype for iPhone
We’ve updated our iPhone app – you can now make video calls.
The Skype offices are buzzing today with feedback on the first version of Skype for iPhone – it’s the number one free download in the UK App Store, and there’s been an incredible amount of discussion about it so far.
It’s been just under 24 hours since it first appeared in the Japanese App Store, and we’re not expecting things to quieten down for a little while yet – we’ll be up all night listening and responding to your comments.
In the meantime, please keep the feedback coming in, but based on the discussion so far, I thought it was worth highlighting answers to two of the most commonly asked questions about Skype for iPhone:
Is Skype for iPhone a true VoIP application? Why can’t you make Skype calls over 3G?
Apple’s rules prohibit third-party voice apps like Skype from using 3G networks. Currently there are no other VoIP applications available for the iPhone that allow VoIP calling over 2G or 3G networks.
At Skype, we’re as frustrated by this as you are. We believe very strongly that your mobile network shouldn’t be able to determine the nature of the data that you send and receive. Whether this is browsing photos on Facebook, exploring Google Maps or making a Skype video call – our view is that the data involved should all be treated the same.
We welcome steps taken by mobile network operators s towards greater openness, and support views such at that held by the European Parliament and policymakers in North America: that network operators should not be able to discriminate between different Internet services, be they third party products such as Facebook, Google Maps or Skype, or their own products or services.
Why does Skype for iPhone crash during installation or launch?
Some of you have reported that Skype crashes during installation or launch. Our initial investigations suggest that this may happen on jailbroken phones, where the underlying iPhone software has been modified. Unfortunately we can’t be held responsible if Skype for iPhone misbehaves in these circumstances.
As always, however, we’re keen to hear your feedback – development of Skype for iPhone doesn’t stop here, and your thoughts and ideas can help us make it even better. Leave a comment below, or head to the iPhone area of the Skype Community to share your views.