Skype for iPhone was released in UK today. So it was with huge excitement I went to The App Store and downloaded my free copy of the Skype app. Like the Mac and PC version it is a free download.
Now for the sad news. My iPhone is running the current version of OS 3.0 BETA the Skype app does not work with this OS. I have managed to do one successful test call, when played back sounded ropey.
When trying to make calls the app just hangs so you have to close the app, but after you close the app the iPhone makes a very odd ticking sound.
Ah the woes of BETA software, but I know users running OS 2.2.1 are having some difficulties too. Maybe the app has been rushed or maybe the iPhone OS is not ready.
Please also note that the Skype app does not work on Jailbroken iPhones, the app opens then closes on these iPhones. The latest news is that if you update the Mobile Substrate this improves the stability of the of the Skype app.
I do find it hard to understand how an app like Nimbuzz manages to do Skype perfectly on all iPhone OS and Skype themselves cannot. I am not entertaining Fring as a Skype app as the call quality is shockingly poor.
Looks like I and maybe a few others will be sticking with Nimbuzz to make our Skype calls, till Skype and the iPhone OS see eye to eye.
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