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By now you know that I think the Skype-for-iPhone app is simply awesome. After spending some more time with it, I’ve come up with four things that would make the app not only better, but nearly indispensable. 1. The software needs to be much more tightly […]

By now you know that I think the Skype-for-iPhone app is simply awesome. After spending some more time with it, I’ve come up with four things that would make the app not only better, but nearly indispensable.

1. The software needs to be much more tightly integrated with Apple’s address book. At present, you can’t really use your entire address book for making SkypeOut calls. Adding a Skype field (just like IM) to the Apple Address Book would make Skype more useful.

2. It should allow me to see who I called last, my 10 most recent calls and most importantly, my entire call history. That would allow me to quickly call back both the most recent number I dialed and the ones I dial most often.

3. It needs sound alerts. Unless I’m missing something, it seems that Skype for iPhone lacks sound alerts for, say, incoming chat messages.

4. An SMS feature should be included. If I can send text messages through Skype, I’m likely to spend more time using the app.

Last, but not the least — and like many of our commenters — I would like the app to boot up faster.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve Skype for the iPhone, let us know.

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  1. Hi Om –

    1. You can access all your iPhone’s contacts from the Call tab – just click the address book icon to the left of the call button.

    2. Isn’t that information in the History tab?

    3 and 4 would certainly be great additions :-)

  2. Kasper Retvig Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    As an very frequent user of Skype I also like the Skype for iPhone app and had been looking forward to its release since the app that so far have incoporated Skype really do not work very well.

    However, I was extremely disappointed to see that the app doesn’t support Skype call via 3G. That almost render it useless for me because lets face it the only time I can be sure to have access to wifi on my iPhone is when I am either home, in the office or at a friends house and at those places I already have access to Skype via a computer so whats the point?

    Also Skype’s client for the Symbian platform has for a long time supported Skype calls via the 3G network so I simply don’t get this wierd choice from Skype. Maybe it’s an iPhone thing – crappy 3G hardware I don’t know but I am very disappointed.

  3. Alexander Straub Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    GO to http://www.truphone.com and some of the above ITEMS are already build IN –
    APP STORE LINK – http://www.truphone.com/iphone/appstore_redirect.html

  4. i’d like skype on the iphone to allow for some sort of presence without being in the foreground. perhaps a small daemon that only would launch (do you want to launch skype?) skype upon incoming call or chat.

  5. Rocky Agrawal Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    It needs to work with a Bluetooth headset.

  6. Ouriel Ohayon Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    work in background, with notifications
    users groups should be displayed too

  7. Skype should run in the background and wake up when you receive a Skype call.
    Hanging in the app so you can get a call does not work for me.
    As it is, it’s like you have a one-way phone, just for calling.

    Best, if it would integrate (or replace) the regular phone app.

    1. Jailbreak > cydia > backgrounder. Runs skype in background, phone rings when you get incoming call, even when phone is asleep. You still need to manually open the app whilst its ringing but its a start.

      1. Installed backgrounder from cydia on my JB 2g iphone and set Skype to run in background and it works! Phone will ring when in background, but you have to open the Skype ap to answer the call. I put my skype icon first on page 1 so I can get to it easily when the phone rings. Also have read about updating mobile substrate, but didn’t have to do that on my phone.

        Have read a lot of places where you can’t run in background, but it DOES WORK ON 2.2.1 JB PHONE!

  8. A Video Chat feature would be nice.

    1. Not trying to sound like a Jerk. How do you figure doing a Video chat on your iPhone? You are going to need a mirror.

  9. Tanveer Sharif Wednesday, April 1, 2009

    Hi Om,

    It should call switch calls between VoIP via WiFi and 3G. Vopium sent in an application that did exactly that, but Apple has blocked it.

    With best regards

    Tanveer

    1. VOIP3G on cydia does this. Got mine working on GPS signal

  10. 5. Make calls pc to pc and pc to cellphone or pc to land line for free.

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