Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

Summary: It looks like Christmas has come early for millions of iPhone users everywhere - Skype released version 3.0 of its iPhone app with video calling over 3G.

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It was rumored that Skype would release an updated version of its iPhone app including video calling and 3G access. The update was rumored to come out at CES in Las Vegas next week but it looks like Christmas has come early for millions of iPhone users everywhere.

Skype today released version 3.0 of its iPhone app (free, App Store) ahead of CES...

With other Skype users you can:

  • Make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls over 3G and WiFi.
  • Share video calls on Skype with people on iPhone, PC or Mac.
  • Talk face-to-face or show what you're seeing with front- and rear-facing cameras.

This, of course, means that you can now use Skype to make video calls with the iPhone 4's front-facing camera, previously the domain of Apple's FaceTime application.

Will Skype give FaceTime a run for its money?

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  • Not really. All Apple has to do is to pull Skype from the store and

    remove it from the iPhone.

    Skype will only be allowed to exist long enough for Apple to have Facetime work over 3G, then Skype will be nothing more then "competition to be remotelly removed"
    John Zern
    • Right

      @John Zern
      Which is why Google Voice (initially denied by the App Store) was pulled after it later got approved.

      Except that didn't happen, did it?

      I know you love to hate Apple but there is no reason to think that Apple will pull this app at any point in time. Neither Apple nor the iPhone's carriers make any money off of FaceTime calling. The business/profit case for Facetime is only the iPhone sales that the feature theoretically creates. It's a software feature that exists only to sell hardware.

      The real "competition" is all those WP7 and Android phones that can make free Skype video calls. Oh wait, they don't (yet) exist. So I guess until you can make free video calls on other cellular phones, the iPhone4 doesn't have competition for this feature and actually having Skype add the functionality really does nothing but boost the sales potential.

      I'm sorry, what was your point again?
      use_what_works_4_U
      • He said he hates Apple?

        @macadam, I have read his post and saw no indication that he hates Apple.

        I agree with him, once FaceTime can work over 3G, my feelings are that Apple will then offer a version for other phones, while removing skyp from Apple's stores.

        This would, in effect, entice users to purchase Facetime as it would be the only way to communicate with users who own iPhones.

        It is the Apple way.
        :|
        Tim Cook
      • Purchase facetime?

        It's a free application.

        Get the anti-Apple blinders off.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

        @macadam
        Apple has an official policy of not allowing apps that 'duplicate functionality' right now Skype fits that criteria because it can call over 3G which FaceTime cannot, and Apple has much to gain by forcing people into their platform, it is not unreasonable to think that once they can make FaceTime work over 3G that Apple will pull out the 'duplicate functionality' card and pull the Skype ap

        It is the Apple way.....

        But truthfully I think the real issue is 'who wants to use a cell phone to do video calling anyway?' The screen is too small...and after the novelty wears of...who cares?
        Doctor Demento
      • They don't allow duplicate functionality

        That's why there's only one app to make VoIP... or not.
        How about that that one browser? No?
        I know! There's only one ebook reader! No?
        There's surely only one IM app. No?

        I'm not seeing a lack of duplicates over functionality.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

        @MisterSpock
        Have you ever read John Zern's posts where Apple is concerned? I was commenting on a clear and ongoing pattern.

        There are multiple web browsers, IM clients, eBook readers, etc... on the App Store. I could be wrong, but I disagree that Apple will pull Skype later on.
        use_what_works_4_U
      • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

        @Mister Spock Your theories are quite illogical. Allow me to point out the flaws in your theories:

        [b]I agree with him, once FaceTime can work over 3G, my feelings are that Apple will then offer a version for other phones, while removing skyp from Apple's stores.[/b]

        What other phones will Apple be able to offer Facetime? So far the only other smartphone that has a front facing camera is the EVO which is an Android device - why would Apple waste the time it would take to convert the FaceTime software to an Android version? Also if I'm not mistaken the lack of FaceTime over 3G is not exactly an Apple thing but an AT&T thing. So enlighten me as to why Apple would then get rid of Skype?[b]

        This would, in effect, entice users to purchase Facetime as it would be the only way to communicate with users who own iPhones.[/b]

        First FaceTime is a free component of iOS 4 so the only way Apple could possibly charge for FaceTime is via sales of an iPhone 4 as FaceTime is not even compatible with other iPhone models due to the lack of a front facing camera. And you say that FaceTime is the only way for iPhone owners to communicate with one another? Completely illogical and also quite unobservant - I believe you are allow an irrational hatred of Apple to slip past your wanna be Vulcan avatar. There are quite a few ways of iPhone owners to communicate with one another: email, text, phone... FaceTime just adds a visual component to the audio communication.
        athynz
    • Yeah just like...

      @John Zern

      Apple was going to remove all competing ebook reader apps. Whoops, didn't happen did it? But any day now right?
      oncall
  • This would mean more

    if 3G data wasn't overpriced for little comparative data.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

      Doctor Demento says: "But truthfully I think the real issue is 'who wants to use a cell phone to do video calling anyway?' The screen is too small...and after the novelty wears of...who cares?"<br><br>Apparently, Dr. Demento either has eye problems, (buy some reading glasses,) or he hasn't actually seen FaceTime on and iPhone. Hint: the image size is more than acceptable.<br><br>BTW, I wanted to reply directly to the good doctor but the "Reply to" link was absent. Can anyone inform me why?
      godsfault
      • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

        @godsfault - Each root discussion thread can only have so many levels. Hence no Reply button. I believe there is also a total number of comments allowed.
        mattmuir
  • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

    @ John: The day facetime allows users to complete video calls to overseas users--is the day Skype loses it grip on this service. You assume that even non iphone users have access to Facetime--which is not the case. Skype provides access to international users like me--something that Facetime doesn't provide at this time.
    gara56
    • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

      @gara56 Skype will also lose it's customer base should it continue to have problems like those experienced this week...
      mattmuir
  • Android?

    android?
    can an iPhone owner video call an Android owner?

    Apple's Facetime video conferences only between iOS 4 users. Can this new Skype video call between people with two different phones?
    ChazzMatt
  • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

    Well, seeing as I have been making and receiving video 3G calls on my Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone for 5 years or more it seems King Solomon was right when he said there is nothing new under the sun.
    To be honest buying an iPhone or any of the Android phones would be a very backward step for millions of Windows Mobile users. they just don't/won't do what a Windows Mobile "truly" smartphone will. They are not so smart actually! They are not useful work tools but they are fine for kids and technocrats. (Code word for Techno geeks/academics who don't actually produce anything meaningful other than a lot of wind).

    I do look forward to the next generation of Windows mobile 7 smartphones with cut and paste and forward facing cameras to bring them back to have the same abilities as our old but eminently useable (and totally integrated with windows PC's), old generation Windows Mobile "truly" Smartphones. I still cant find anything to replace it to be perfectly honest. "Lest we forget what really superb technology we already have/had".
    woja
  • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

    What about the Viber app? It allows free 3G video calls.
    naming69@...
  • RE: Skype challenges FaceTime with video calls - over 3G

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