Skype App Now Supports Voice Calling Over 3G Networks

Exciting developments for iPhone users as the Skype application now supports making calls over AT&T’s 3G network. This is a significant shift considering AT&T has recently relaxed its data usage policies, now allowing downloads up to 20 MB and permitting VoIP applications to operate over its data network since late 2009.

Despite these advancements, Skype lagged behind in updating its app to harness this capability.

The company expressed through a blog post on their official site that they were committed to optimizing the audio quality before releasing the update.

Having tested the new Skype update personally, the call quality over AT&T’s 3G network was impressively clear. Conversations were almost indistinguishable from those made over the regular voice network, highlighting the app’s enhanced functionality.

One of the perks of using Skype over AT&T’s data network is that it doesn’t eat into the monthly voice minutes.

Instead, it uses data or Skype credits, depending on whether the call is to a regular phone number or another Skype user.

However, it’s not all perfect. While Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G are currently free, this will only remain so until August 2010.


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