skype iphoneIt has been a long time coming, but Skype has finally made its way to the iPhone and iPod Touch with an official application.

Ever since the iPhone came out, people have been waiting for a Skype application to make its appearance.  Over the past 24-hours the tool has finally made its way around all of the iTunes Stores.  People with second generation iPod Touch units can also use the app to make calls, but first generation users will only be able to do IMing with it.  (Although I actually did make a call with my iPod, but since there is no microphone, it was just a “proof of concept’ call that it did indeed ring a phone)

While this is a fablous addition to the iPhone, there is a rather large caveat to the entire deal: Calls can only be made over Wi-Fi.  Yes, it is a rather large problem, but as Skype themselves explain, it isn’t just them that is banned form making third-party calls over the 3G network, but all app developers.  You can use the application for IMing anytime, anywhere, but calls will require you to be near Wi-Fi unfortunately.  Luckily Wi-Fi is popping up in more and more places, but until you have something like the MiFi in your car, you won’t be making calls while driving down the road.

This is still a very welcome addition to the iPhone, and the addition of Skype calling ability should keep you well under your allotted minutes each month. It should also make international calling a lot simpler… when in range of Wi-Fi, we know, we know.

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