Skype for iPhone arrives through a third party service

Skype_for_iphoneIt was just a month ago when we discovered iSkoot, the downloadable app and service that offers Skype calls through various cellular phones. Today the news is Skype for the iPhone, but of course, there’s no app to download. Shape Services expanded their third party Skype offerings to include the iPhone today, which joins Windows Mobile, Palm, BlackBerry and other mobile devices.

IM+ for Skype allows you to use Safari on the iPhone for a web-based Skype client. There’s no fee for texting Skype buds, but if you want to speak to them through Skype, you’ll get a call-back on your iPhone and use up your SkypeOut credits if you need to hear that human voice on the other end of the line. I’ve tried to connect to the service for the past two hours, but have been unsuccessful on my iPhone (or my laptop for that matter); I’m getting Apache errors and suspect that the new service is getting hammered with traffic. I’ll be sure to try it out when I can and perhaps even video a conversation over the iPhone’s speakerphone.