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Skype on iPhone. No, seriously.

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OK, this has to be the coolest news this morning. SHAPE Services, a Stuttgart, Germany-based company, well-known for making mobile IM clients, has just announced Skype for iPhone, an iPhone-optimized Web site that allows you to access Skype via the browser on the iPhone. You can try out this for free for a limited time.

It took me less than two minutes to get up and running. Sending messages was as simple as typing SMS messages. I am guessing that, since they ask you for your mobile number when you log in, there is some kind of call-back service built into the app. After all, the company says you don’t need WiFi.

IM+ for Skype works with BlackBerry RIM, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME devices. The application works in any network and doesn’t require WiFi, the company says. [digg=]

68 Responses to “Skype on iPhone. No, seriously.”

  1. When the iPhone was released Steve Jobs and the CEO of AT&T seem to insinuate that a VOIP client for the iPhone that would allow you to make calls on AT&T’s network without using your minutes. T-Mobile already has a phone that is capable of doing this. I have an iPhone and I can tell you from experience, anything that requires Wi-Fi to be left on to be useful will drain your battery intolerably fast.

  2. Warren Lavallee

    This isn’t truly Skype for iPhone. Someone needs to research this before posting news articles. At most, this is a Skype IM site for iPhone Users.

    Any voice calls that are places ARE NOT OVER WiFi, they are routed via a incoming voice call to the iPhone — I.E. they use your iPhone plan minutes.

  3. Doug Krueger

    It works fine for Intl calls but pointless for local US calls b/c to place a call, it calls you back, ergo you’re using the inferior Cingular network and consuming your on network minutes.

  4. This sounds a lot like what we do, but I have been trying log onto it for the past few days over a few dozen times and I have not been able to log in once. I suspect they are having server problems.

    I sounds like it would be interesting. Please get the site back up.

  5. Interesting. I think the natural course of the future will be all things over IP. Technology isn’t being developed for the fun of it. It might not make sense now, but lots of people are banking that it will later :)

  6. Underlord

    “Can the iPhone get any cooler?”

    It’s an internet application not an iPhone specific application. As the article says: “IM+ for Skype works with BlackBerry RIM, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME devices.”

  7. Great news. Let’s continue to drive the Mobile 2.0 based services and innovation. However, it would be interesting to see if this client is strong adoption, how quickly ATT moves to block the use of skye through their network.

  8. Cool for Skype IM and other bits but for placing calls to landlines or mobile, the way it works is you put your number in and the recipient number and it creates a call between the two lines and rings you back. (sort of creates a conference call). So you end up using minutes anyway. If you are overseas or calling overseas, it will be an expensive call. What you can do is initiate the skype call from your iphone but plug in a landline that you are standing next to which it will call you at. So then you are only paying skype out rates (one to the recipient and another set of minutes for you the caller). Of course if you are overseas be sure to use WIFI otherwise you’ll need some kind of international plan/data plan.

  9. Steve Albanese

    Native Skype on the iPhone would be cool using WiFi. I see Apple selling the iPhone without a tie to a carrier. Skype on the iPhone or Apple’s version. It’s a coolest iPod, could be a great PDA, and awesome hiptop emailer and web surfer. Carrie optional ;)

    Well there’s my 2cents…

  10. Matt: Yeah the web apps may be cool but there still crap compared against what you could do with real apps. iPhone has got SO much potential that is totally unused with the web solution.

  11. i can’t imagine too many blackberry users are utilizing skype outside of novelty interest.

    why would i mess with a voip calling solution (not to mention having to use skype out min) when i can use up all the minutes i need on my company paid employee plan?

    why would i go to skype’s clunky messaging system when i have the lightweight, effective, google talk?

    i guess this might be neat for iphone users, but i don’t see if being to successful on blackberry with so many better and free alternatives.

  12. Coolness. I bought the iPhone for my wife.. I use an 8525 Alghthough my phone can do ‘more’, the browser experience on the 8525 is a joke compared to the iPhone. The iPhone coulda been called ” iCandy ” for how gorgeous it looks when you turn it on.. Im still impressed with it.. Cant wait til it can do RDP, then Im buying one.

  13. “I hope that when apple releases an sdk, skype will make a true native client. Until then, these are just crappy hacks”

    Why is this a crappy hack?

    If you’ve been following the iPhone Apple says the SDK is the Safari web browser.

    I actually think it’s very impressive they have this working in a web browser.