Skype on iPhone

skype for iphone

I am not sure how I hadn’t heard of this before (maybe because I went out of town the last 4 days and didn’t even take my laptop!) I was ‘off the grid’ for a while….really enjoyed it, actually.

Regardless, I was perusing the blogosphere this morning as well as monitoring Twitter and Facebook. Lo and behold, there is now Skype for iPhone (and my trusty iPod Touch).

There are reviews on PC World as well as CNet.

I downloaded the application from the iTunes store, entered my information (you need to have a Skype account) and it loaded up all my contacts and was working immediately.

The idea is to be able to use the iPhone and make calls without using AT&T minutes. The application will only work over Wi-Fi, but you can call your contacts directly (no video). There are additional features for allowing you to join conference calls and more to come.

If you have the iPod Touch, you will need to hook up a microphone or the headphone/mic combo like the iPhone in order to get the most out of the application.

After using the application this morning, I am convinced it will give Nimbuzz and Fring a run for their money on the VoiP front.

iPhone 3.0 Software

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Macworld did a great job of giving us a live commentary of what the improvements would be for the new software.

Rather than repeat them all, here is the link to the commentary:

Macworld iPhone 3.0 Commentary

There will be additional announcements over the coming week, but they did manage to get some of the 15 features I wrote about.

  • Turn by Turn direction capability
  • push notifications
  • Cut/Copy/Paste (YEAH!)
  • landscape in all apps
  • Spotlight now implemented

It seems the Beta is available for developers immediately Developer Center (NOTE: this was unavailable at the time of writing- possibly due to the update happening)

The software and upgrades will be available to consumers in the summer. It will be available for ALL iPhones and for $9.95 an upgrade for iPod Touch users as well.

15 iPhone 3.0 features we'd like to see

iPhone 3g

Tomorrow (March 17, 2009), the new iPhone 3.0 software will be revealed and explained in Cupertino and there has been plenty of hubbub since the inception of the iPhone asking for new features. Here is an article listing the top 15.

  1. System wide custom cut/copy/paste
  2. Push notifications/background apps
  3. Landscape mode in every app
  4. Mail improvements
  5. Sync notes & To-dos
  6. Better app organization
  7. Customizable tones
  8. Full Bluetooth support
  9. MMS improvement
  10. Video capture
  11. Turn by turn directions
  12. Application data sharing and syncing
  13. Include spotlight for iPhone
  14. Use as a modem
  15. Voice dialing

The two I would say are definite ‘must haves’ would be:

  • cut/copy/paste
  • running multiple apps

The one that I didn’t see mentioned in the article (although it was in a comment) was the ability to run flash.

If you are really interested, be sure to listen in when they make their announcements tomorrow, you can monitor Macworld. com or follow them on their Twitter feed.