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Skype is looking to get video chat enabled for the iPhone 4?

Skype is looking to get video chat enabled for the iPhone 4?
Video chat on mobile handset may be looked on as a relatively new thing in the US, but it's been prevalent across other parts of the world as far back as 2004. There are numerous devices made for Europe that packs on front facing cameras to enable this feature, but it has been unable to reach a critical level to make it prevalent. However, with devices like the HTC EVO 4G and soon-to-be iPhone 4 placing plenty of focus on this form of communication, it's increasingly becoming a bit more known to the mainstream.

When one thinks about video chat, the first thing to come into the minds of most people would probably be Skype. With Apple's unveiling of FaceTime for the iPhone 4, the long time popular service is looking to get on board with its offering – even though other applications like Fring rely on Skype's backbone to enable video chat. Skype confirmed to pocket-lint their intentions on enabling Skype video calls on the upcoming smartphone and how they “would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple.” The unnamed Skype representative went on to say, “It's clear to us at Skype that mobile video will become increasingly important to our customers in the coming year. We would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to bring mobile video calling not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices.”

Currently, the Skype app for the Nokia N900 allows for the feature, but has been blatantly omitted for other platforms. Although it may seem like a long process, the Skype app for iPhone just recently allowed users to place Skype calls over 3G – something  that offers the convenience when Wi-Fi is not present. Naturally there are some people who still feel that there is a huge limitation seen with FaceTime as it will only work between iPhone 4 handsets and Wi-Fi. Even though Skype may set their eyes on the upcoming iPhone 4 for video chat, it would be nice if those “other connected devices” mentioned could potentially mean other mobile platforms – so that the love will be spread among an array of mobile users.

Apple iPhone 4 Specifications

source: pocket-lint via Intomobile

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