News tagged ‘Skype’
Rumors about original Skype for iPhone grow. It is now expected in a week. Here are some photos from cnet:
GigaOM reports that an iPhone version of Skype may be released as soon as next week, possibly at the CTIA Wireless trade show in Las Vegas.
A few months ago, I asked Skype CEO Josh Silverman when was he going to launch the iPhone version of the P2P voice and IM service that has now been downloaded more than 405 million times. He smiled and said, "Stay tuned." And so we did.
A tipster, a very reliable one, tells me that Skype is almost ready to launch that iPhone version, perhaps as soon as next week. CTIA Wireless, a large mobile industry trade event, kicks off in Las Vegas next Wednesday, so perhaps the announcement will be made there. I am working on getting more details, as well as screenshots of the service.
For now we can use Fring, which is free and works just fine.
This is a second application for Skype in AppStore. The first one is called
Users can chat, make calls, use SkypeOut, change status, see other's status, etc. Functionality is very close to
Here are some screenshots:
iPhone-Backgrounder (available for jailbroken iPhones via
To enable backgrounding for the currently-running instance of an application, press and hold the menu/home button until a message pops-up stating "Backgrounding Enabled". Note that only the current instance will be affected; if the application is terminated and relaunched, the new instance will not have backgrounding enabled.
To properly terminate an application instance that has backgrounding enabled, press and hold the menu/home button until a message pops-up stating "Backgrounding Disabled".
- Application immediately quits when holding menu/home button:
One possible cause is having the Intelliscreen application installed with the "App Launch Boost" option enabled. This option can be disabled in Intelliscreen settings on the "Performance" page.
- Application "XXX" runs fine in the background for a while, then suddenly quits:
This is most likely due to the device being low on available application memory (RAM, not disk space). This can be caused by either having too many applications running at the same time, or by using applications that require a lot of resources. Unfortunately there is no fix for this issue, other than to avoid having too many backgrounded applications.
Fring allows you to chat and interact with others on a variety of networks including Skype, MSN, GoogleTalk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, ICQ.
In addition, Fring offers voice over ip (VoIP) using the iPhone's WiFi connection. Features listed include:
- VoIP Calls over WiFi
- Instant Messaging
- Integrated dynamic contact list with real-time contact availability
- SIP integration
- Multiple Connection types
Fring supports SkypeOut and SIP which allows you to make calls to landline and mobile phones. Available for free via App Store. (
Here is an GigaOm interview, where CEO of Skype, Josh Silverman, speaks about Skype for iPhone He didn't tell when, but it looks like he said yes.
There are so many posts everywhere on the internet about Skype and the IPhone. On each IPhone forum it is possible to find something similar to "Is there a version of Skype for the IPhone?". And the answer was NO. There are some workarounds, but it's not what users want. However there is a great possibility, that all IPhone users will hear quite soon "YES there is Skype for the IPhone".
Skype announced a beta mobile version. It will be possible to chat, receive and make calls to Skype users and more. And it was written in... Yes, Java. So when Java will be avaliable for the IPhone all the users will be able to use Skype.
More information about Skype Mobile can be found here.
You can find out more about iphone development at Oysterlabs.