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Exclusive Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times. He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.” And […]

Exclusive Heads up: A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times. He smiled and said, “Stay tuned.” And so we did.

A tipster — a very reliable one — tells me that Skype is almost ready to launch that iPhone version, perhaps as soon as next week. CTIA Wireless, a large mobile industry trade event, kicks off in Las Vegas next Wednesday, so perhaps the announcement will be made there. I am working on getting more details, as well as screenshots of the service. 

The biggest clue about Skype’s pending iPhone launch came when iSkoot decided to move on from its Skype-centric strategy. The company had been offering a client that allowed cell phone users to use Skype services. Skype already offers a Windows Mobile version of its client.

As I’ve said before, Skype will have to turn to mobile to keep its growth intact. In recent months, many services, among them Truphone and Nimbuzz, started supporting Skype in their communication clients. However, a standalone Skype client would get a lot of traction among the Skype faithful. In the meantime, I think Skype is slowly flexing its muscles and swatting away little VoIP players with some of its recent moves.

  1. If skype for the iphones uses the same carrier friendly deal as skype for symbian (i.e. using regular cell minutes for calls) it isn’t going to make much headway.

    the skype leadership seems overly focused on “presence” and less on voip. Granted, VOIP is probably a bad word for investors but it is what skype does.

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  2. [...] There are well over 25,000 application now in Apple’s App Store. But there are still a few notable omissions. One of those is the hugely popular Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application, Skype. But that could change as soon as next week, GigaOM’s Om Malik has learned. [...]

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  3. [...] Incidentally, GigaOm is also reporting that Skype for iPhone may be released as early as next week. [...]

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  4. Does this mean I cancel my phone plan and just pay for data? When does that day come?

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    1. I’d love to disconnect AT&T. With the sketchy voice quality and increasing regularity of dropped calls, Skype can’t be much worse!

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      1. It is against the terms of service to make internet calls over the AT&T network, so you’ll have to access a wifi signal to make/receive calls. Kind of like having an ipod touch, I guess. But if you’re in a decent-sized city, you can’t go five steps without finding a signal. And some cities are completely “wired” for wifi. Hooray for little beams going through our brains 24 hours a day!

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      2. And, since apps can’t run in the background on iphones, you’d have to leave Skype open and not let your phone go to sleep to receive unexpected calls. We’re not quiiiiiite there yet, pals.

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      3. Travis – just until the 3.0 software comes out. I would expect Skype to use the push notification service.

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      4. it only works over wi-fi… the networks have prevented skype from implementing this over the 3G networks, unfortunately.

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      5. Ditto

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  5. You can already make Skype calls on the iPhone via Fring, but it’s a terrible interface.
    Of course, a native client would nice.

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  6. [...] source JigishThakar.com [...]

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  7. Om one Q: — how long before either MSFT or AAPL buys the Skype assets from EBAY?

    (half-serious)

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    1. I actually wrote that Skype would be a fit for Apple (of course not everyone agreed). Interesting ideas surrounding it though.

      http://www.smithonvoip.com/voip-commentary/apple-should-buy-skype/

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  8. [...] for the upcoming N97. That client will, supposedly,permit calling over WiFi. It makes me wonder if Skype’s native iPhone app that is allegedly being released next week will also offer this [...]

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  9. [...] A tipster GigaOM is calling “very reliable” has revealed that Skype for the iPhone will arrive as early as next week—perhaps at the CTIA Wireless show kicking off on Wednesday. Stay tuned. [GigaOM] [...]

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  10. [...] come true. Rumor has it that Skype may be coming to the iPhone as soon as next week. According to Gigaom.com, the announcement may be made at the CTIA Wireless event taking place in Las Vegas next Wednesday. [...]

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