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2011 will see Skype video calling for the Apple iPhone 4 and 3GS over both 3G and Wi-Fi

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2011 will see Skype video calling for the Apple iPhone 4 and 3GS over both 3G and Wi-Fi
A "Help" document published on the Skype site-and since removed-gave away some solid hints about how to use a Skype to Apple iPhone app to make video calls to the Skype client running on other operating systems like Windows or Mac. Despite the documents removal, this sure looks like proof that Skype video calling will be available for the Apple iPhone 4 and 3GS in 2011.

Based on the document, you must be using an Apple iPhone 4 or 3GS, 3rd or 4th generation iPod touch, or an Apple iPad. The contact you are calling must have Skype for Windows 4.2 or higher, Skype for Mac OS X version 2.8 or higher, or Skype for the Apple iPhone 3.0 or above. While the quality of your call will depend on your network connection, you can use either 3G or Wi-Fi to make the video call. The fewer programs using up your bandwidth at the same time, the better the video quality will be.

The Apple iPhone 4, with both front and rear camera, can switch between both while the iPhone 3GS must use the rear camera for video. Want to zoom in on a shot? Double tap to get a closer shot and double tap again to move back. The picture will also rotate depending on whether you are shooting in portrait or landscape orientation. Tapping the screen during a call will bring up the controls from which you can turn off the camera or the microphone.

You will be able to receive a screen share from those using Skype for Windows or for Mac. But what is on your screen cannot be shared nor can you receive a screen share from another Apple iPhone user and you will receive audio only because Apple's touch screen device does not support group video calling.

One last thing to prepare for-because video calling is taxing on the phone's CPU, expect your Apple iPhone to get very warm when you are in the midst of a call.

source: RedmondPie

2011 will see Skype video calling for the Apple iPhone 4 and 3GS over both 3G and Wi-Fi

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posted on 26 Dec 2010, 02:06 1

1. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)


It would suck for two people with the 3GS to video chat on skype lol

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 10:12

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


didn't got the thumbs down here.... any phone with no from facing camera will have problems making calls


maybe they can use a mirror to get the video calls?
someone tried this?

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 06:06

2. Valanten (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)


I absolutely agree! :) I also think Skype has bunch of idiots hired to work for their Dev team.

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 06:14 1

3. Valanten (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Apr 2009)


There is no mentioning for Android video calling. What's up with that?! I have the feeling that the Google OS again will be left in the dust.

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 15:17

5. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


All android phones on Verizon have it

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 14:13

4. MSTAFNTSMA (unregistered)


Who care skype is not the only thing out there plus qik and fring are much better and aren't going carrier specific. what a bad mistake on skype said hopefully ebay sales the rest of there shares off. also qik should be available in the app store.

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 15:56

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


What kind of crap is this?? What about the only platform that has had front facing camera's since forever?? Thanks for the Symbian love Skype.

posted on 26 Dec 2010, 20:21 1

7. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


No one really cares for symbian anymore except symbian fanboys. There's no money in symbian for developers. All symbian users want everything free, lol.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 05:58

8. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)


I wonder if the iphone will be "allowed" to video call other phones that are not iphones? You know, like other video calling phones can.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 10:10 1

9. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well its a Skype service so you may be capable of calling everyone with that app on their phone... so this is a yes ^^

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 14:29 1

11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


With fring, and soon with skype, yes. Apple has made facetime available for other platforms and devices as well. If the others will adopt facetime, then yes on facetime as well.

posted on 27 Dec 2010, 19:49

12. LionStone (Posts: 452; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


yes, Skype video calling will be coming soon for Android...

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