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Skype Multitasks on iPhone; Voice Plans Useless

One of the most useful demonstrations about the iOS 4 is that it can multitask with VoIP applications such as Skype. As world travelers should know, Skype is essential to keeping in touch with those wherever you are, at the cheapest rates – as long as you have an internet connection.

With the option to purchase a virtual phone number complete with voicemail, you could actually scrap your landline in favor of using Skype. And now you can ditch your voiceplan too on your iPhone 3GS or 4.

Skype today finally rolled out Skype 2.0.1 for iOS devices, which will run in the background on multitasking enabled iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 (and some jailbroken iPhone 3G too).

"This means you can receive Skype calls while other apps are running, even when your iPhone is locked. And during a call, you can keep the conversation going while you switch to another task, such as checking a movie listing or reading an email," Skype's Peter Parkes wrote in the company blog. "We’ve also updated the app’s graphics to support iPhone 4’s Retina Display."

Perhaps even bigger news is that Skype has scrapped plans to charge for calls over 3G. It originally planned to created a new tier of service for users who wish to place calls over a 3G network, using data instead of voice minutes from the carrier. Now those plans have changed and 3G calling will be free – costing only the data from your provider.

With a virtual Skype number, you could in theory downgrade your voice plan to the very lowest level and rely purely on the data network for your voice communication.

Another interesting bit is that a third-generation iPod touch with Skype loaded is now a replacement for a VoIP phone while it is in Wi-Fi range.

  • welshmousepk
    Sold. i want one.
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  • good morning apple :) what's new on this procedure, my good old n95 was able to do this lightyears back :)
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  • vizzie
    Don't know how it is in the US, but here in Europe using data on your phone outside of the country you live in is WAAAAY expensive! You'd be better off just making a voice call when you're in another country.

    Could be interesting for calls within your country of origin and for receiving calls from abroad though....
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  • tinnerdxp
    to Welshmousepk - buy any other Android phone or good old N95...
    Plus, there is a chance these will not loose the 3G connection (needed for your Skype to work at all) when you hold it in your hand...
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  • tinnerdxp
    in other news - Apple invented a wheel...
    Enough of this apple crap - please...
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  • welshmousepk
    i already have a massive collection of games bought from the App store though (for my iPod touch).

    carrying around another device would be pointless, and i dont want to give up those games. (as much as i support android and the open market, the android store is no where near the app store in terms of quantity or quality of games)

    the ipod touch and separate phone made sense until now. but if i can get an iphone and make free calls over 3g? sounds good to me.
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  • exodite
    Now gief calling over Wifi.

    And an Android client.
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  • andybird123
    welshmousepki already have a massive collection of games bought from the App store though (for my iPod touch). carrying around another device would be pointless, and i dont want to give up those games.
    "I've dug myself in to this massive whole, so rather than buy a device that actually works I'll keep on digging with my ispade"
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  • chesterman
    i wish there was a good and official skype app for android too. nimbus and others apps sucks in voice calls via skype network
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  • JimmiG
    A smart phone that multi tasks?! Revolutionary! Magical!
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