December 30, 2010
Skype introduced a new video calling feature today on its iPhone app.
Users can use the Skype app via their iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen. to now see those they call over AT&T’s 3G network and on Wi-Fi. Android phones are not yet compatible. iPads can receive video calls, but not make them.
The new app also allows two-way video calls to desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows).
Regarding the added feature, Skype says:
“We think it’s really important because it will make it easier for people to share moments,” said Rick Osterloh, vice president of products for Skype.
The video quality is good as long as the network connection is strong, he said. If the network is slow, users are better off making an audio-only call, he advised.
Forty percent of those who use Skype on a desktop use it for video calling. While this added feature doesn’t make money for the company, the goal may be to attract users to pay for Skype Credit to access premium services.
In Skype’s business model, calls are free between Skype users, while users must pay to call landline phones and mobile phones that don’t have Skype.
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