Skype’s updated app one-ups Apple with mobile video chat

by James

The new Skype app offers video chat over 3G

Skype has launched a video chat feature for their iPhone app which adds 3G capability, as well as being able to chat with iPhone 3GS users in a limited one way video basis.

Users who have the iPhone 4 or 4th generation iPod Touch can initiate video calls with friends who use the iPhone 3GS, iPad, and 3rd Generation iPod Touch, while 3rd Gen Apple device users can only receive the video chat and while talking audio only. Mac Desktop users can also jump into the fray using the Skype client.

But what’s really challenging to Apple’s Facetime dominance is that Skype can video chat over 3G, not just WiFi only. And according to Red Ferret, the data usage isn’t too bad, chiming in at about 1.3MB per minute.

Frankly, I’m amazed that Apple approved this update, but it may be that they’ll be announcing a “one more thing” update next month that will do the same.

The Skype App update is free can is available right now at the App Store.

Hat Tip – The Ferret

5 reviews or comments

ameyer13 Says: December 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I have a new obsession that is streaming from my iPhone right now. I downloaded an application for that allows me to watch my TV shows everywhere I go. Being that I travel a lot with my company DISH network, I was really excited to have this feature. I have a Sling Adapter hooked up to my receiver and the rest, is every new episode of True Blood I can handle.

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