It seems that Skype will soon be offering its iPhone users the ability to call one another using the service across 3G data connections.
At the moment, there is already a Skype app available for the iPhone through Apple’s App Store, but it only allows for calls being made over Wi-Fi connections, which, as well you might imagine, somewhat neuters the device when it comes to practical day-to-day use. Now though, it seems that the folks at Skype will be sorting out any lingering issues and offering a version that should allow a little more mobility.
According to Mashable, Skype was fairly open about its plans to launch the upcoming application, as well as one for Apple’s iPad, saying,
“… you can expect to hear more from us about Skype for iPad in due course.
What does this have to do with calling over 3G? The SDK [Software Development Kit] that Apple provides to developers like Skype has been upgraded for the iPad. The new version, 3.2, removes the restrictions on calling over 3G, which is great news.
You may have seen other apps offering calls over 3G, but we’re holding ours back for a little bit longer. Why? So that we can give you the very best quality we can. When our 3G-capable Skype for iPhone app is released, it’ll let you made calls in wideband audio, giving you greater clarity and fidelity – because that’s what you expect from Skype.”
It’s certainly an interesting prospect, as is the idea of Skype via the iPad’s 3G connection, though it does the move the iPad a pretty big step towards the single most widespread criticism that’s been made of the device – that it is essentially a massive iPhone… Still, the news that Skype for the iPhone is now a 3G capable affair does make us wonder if Apple is considering letting up on its interminable review of Google Voice any time soon, though it seems unlikely.