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Rumor: Skype for iPhone Next Week

Word on the street is that iPhone users can expect to see Skype for iPhone as early as next week.

Back in September, Skype CEO Josh Silverman told GigaOm to stay tuned when they asked about Skype for the iPhone. He wouldn’t go into detail but did say, “We need to be on all devices…Skype needs to be everywhere.” He also pointed out that Skype for Pocket PC devices has been downloaded nearly 7 million times. In other words, yes, Skype for iPhone is definitely on the the way.

Today GigaOm reports, citing a reliable source, that Skype for the iPhone is nearly ready to launch and predicts that we could see it as early as next week. With CTIA coming up next week it seems like a pretty safe prediction.

Om Malik writes that the biggest clue about Skype’s pending iPhone launch came when iSkoot decided to move on from its Skype-centric strategy, elaborating that the company had been offering a client that allowed cell phone users to use Skype services.

Skype is already available for those of you running WinMo based devices but how many of you with iPhones are eagerly awaiting the release of this product? I’m waiting (really impatiently) for the release of the new iPhone and coupled with Skype, I’m even more excited. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and we’ll update once we know more.

Jane McEntegart is Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America, and previously worked for more than 7 years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor.

  • norbs
    Woot been waiting for this. There are apps that do this already but only work on wifi... wonder if this will support 3g skype calls.
  • pharge
    hmm... well this work on my iTouch?.... hmm... wait... I don't have a mic on my touch...>_
  • nao1120
    Anything to make the cell phone companies realize that they charge too much for long distance cell calls, i mean we all wanna make money, but gouging doesn't have to happen.

    Hopefully its straight skype membercalling, using only local mins.
  • bluetooth on your itouch for 10 bucks
  • Fring does this now and yes, it will work on the Touch. No, you don't have a mic, but you can get a very small Bluetooth adapter to use a Bluetooth headset. You can also wait until the release of 3.0 and your internal Bluetooth will be enabled for use. At that point no adapter is needed and you can just connect your headset right to the Touch.