Skype offers video calling over 3G and WiFi on iPhone 4/3GS and iPod Touch 4G

Seeing as the iPhone 4 was one of the the first phones in the United States to offer a front-facing camera and video calling, FaceTime was (is?) a much hyped service. The only problem with FaceTime is that it only works over WiFi. (Unless of course you jailbreak your iPhone 4 and download My3G [$3.99] from Cydia.) Well our friends from Luxembourg will have none of that: Skype now officially allows video calling on iPhone 4/3GS and iPod Touch 4G over WiFi and 3G. (iPhone 3GS, obviously, will only be able to use the rear-end camera since it doesn’t have a front-facing camera.) iDevice users will be able to use this video calling feature amongst themselves and with Skype’s Windows, Mac, Linux, and ASUS Videophone users.

It should be noted, though, according to Skype’s website “a small connection fee applies” when using video calling:

I find this to be a little odd because I always thought Skype-to-Skype calls – even video calls – are free; and the advert clearly states “free video…”. I don’t have an iDevice so I can’t double-check about this connection fee; just thought I should warn everyone before they start making video calls and find their Skype credit going down the drain.

Now, when will our European friends release video calling on Skype for Android (and enable calling over 3G in the USA for non-Verizon subscribers)? My Nexus S is itching to show-up an iPhone 4.

Skype for iOS

[via Engadget]

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  • @ ashraf
    the connection fee link says:
    “All calls to landlines and mobiles made using Skype Credit are subject to a connection fee. Calls made as part of an unlimited subscription┬╣ are exempt from connection fees. The connection fee is based on your currency, which can be changed in your Skype account. ”
    i guess you are right..
    sounds weird though…lol

  • Corno

    Thanks, but I live in Old Europe, so it is of no use to me.

  • Ashraf

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Calling in Gmail is currently only available to U.S. based Gmail users.

    I am guessing you are right in saying that extension does not apply to what you are using, seeing as you can’t (shouldn’t be able) to use the PC -> land line feature anyway.

    If you were in the USA I would suggest trying Google Voice: Free calls to USA and Canada, although I think GV and that Gmail calling are one in the same.

  • Rob (Down Under)

    Thanks Samuel,
    This is more for others that might be interested in free calls to land lines.
    It appears that the extension to the end of 2011, is regarding FREE calls from one’s PC (via GMail ?) to a normal land line in US.
    I reckon that the PC to PC chat, that I am using will continue on.

  • @Rob (Down Under): No your drugs are working fine…I made a mistake in my post so i edited it, but it now thinks it’s spam so Ashraf has to approve it before it reposts it.

  • @Ashraf: How they got away with competing with FaceTime and clogging up AT&T even more!

    @Rob (Down Under):

  • Rob (Down Under)

    Your comment about ‘extended to 2012’.
    Is that regarding my newly found GMail chat ?

    PS Did your comment only appear briefly, and now has gone ?
    Or are my drugs wearing off ?

  • @Ashraf: They’ve extended it till 2012 (they expect the world to end then so they’re covered!)

  • Ashraf

    @Rob (Down Under): Isn’t Google planning on killing the calling features in Gmail?

    @prema23: If you click on the connection fee link it takes you to a page that indicates Skype charges.

  • my guess is that the fee applies for the phones, iphones…
    * WiFi connection or mobile data plan required
    ** Ability to send and receive video depends on your mobile operator’s network bandwidth.

    its likely that this “connection fee” they are talking about applies to the phone/network providers. /

  • Rob (Down Under)

    This is mildly related.
    Anyone that has not been brave enough to try Skype for PC to PC chats, may be interested to know that if you both have GMail accounts, you can pop on the headphones (with Microphone) and after a couple of clicks you will be chatting away for hours.

    PS The sound quality is better than my land line phone, and it (GMail call) is hands free.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Got away with what? You lost me. :-O

  • Just a guess but that “small connection fee” is how they got away with it…