Las Vegas — Skype has make it official: It will release a version of Skype for iPhone that will be available on the Apple App Store beginning today.
The app also adds Skype calling and instant messaging to any second-generation iPod Touch with a compatible headset and microphone, Skype said.
"Skype software for the iPhone has been the No. 1 request among our users. We are delighted to deliver on this request and put Skype into the pockets of millions of people around the world who are carrying iPhone and iPod Touch devices," said Scott Durchslag, Skype's COO
"Skype for iPhone will open up new ways for more than 400 million Skype users to stay connected and take their Skype conversations with them. Skype for iPhone is an experience that offers the same simplicity, ease of use and quality our users have come to expect from Skype, combined with an elegance of design and richness so loved by Apple's many customers worldwide," he said.
The application delivers core Skype capabilities, including:
free Skype-to-Skype calls from any Wi-Fi zone to other Skype users worldwide;
call landline or mobile phones at Skype's rates from any Wi-Fi zone;
send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups via 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available);
receive calls to a personal online number on Skype; and
see when Skype contacts are online/available to IM or talk.
Skype for iPhone requires a Wi-Fi connection to make free Skype-to-Skype calls or low-cost Skype calls to mobiles and landlines. Users will not be charged by Skype for making and receiving Skype-to-Skype calls using an iPhone or iPod Touch. Skype's normal rates apply if using Skype to call landlines or mobiles, the company said.
The app uses Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available) to sign into Skype, update a contact list, maintain and update presence and send/receive instant messages. Skype recommends an unlimited data usage plan for using Skype over a mobile data connection to avoid being charged by a wireless service provider for 3G, GPRS and EDGE mobile data usage.
The Skype application for the iPhone or iPod Touch will be available for free from Apple's App Store on both devices, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.