Skype for iPhone hits 3.0, adds video calling over Wi-Fi and 3G
It took a while but Skype for iPhone has finally hit version 3.0 and now includes video calling, not only over Wi-Fi like Apple's FaceTime but over 3G as well! Here's the complete update list:
- Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G (Additional Data charges may apply)
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
We're testing it out now and will update asap with results. How's it working for you?
UPDATE: First impressions after the break!
Skype for iPhone 3.0 with video calling it works well. Over Wi-Fi it doesn't look as good as Apple's FaceTime but it looks good enough and the ability to connect to Skype users (whose numbers eclipse FaceTime users) makes it killer. Over 3G is looks about the same as Wi-Fi, which is great because FaceTime forced onto 3G via Jailbreak hacks like My3G doesn't look as good.
I tested it out with Brian Tufo and it was solid on both ends, Wi-Fi and 3G. When in Wi-Fi I could still hit the Home Button and put the call into background mode but the video froze on the other end. My iPhone was pretty slow and by the time I made it to Settings and flipped Wi-Fi off, then went back to Skype we'd lost the call but Brian was able to call me back over 3G easily enough.
UPDATE 2: For those asking, Skype over 3G used an average of 2.1MB of data up and 1.3
Overall Skype for iPhone 3.0 with video calling is solid.