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Skype enables video calling for its iOS apps

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What a good way to end the year for Skype. With two days to go before 2010 is over, Skype just pushed an update to its iOS app bringing a much sought feature – video calling. The new Skype iOS app will not let you make or receive free Skype video calls using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Yes, including the iPad. So, in a way Skype one ups Apple’s own Facetime feature because it does not have the Facetime app yet for the iPad.

“With video calling representing approximately 40% of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010, our users have been eager to get Skype video calling on their mobile phones,” said Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype’s consumer business. “By bringing video to mainstream users at their home or work via their desktops, on the go with their mobiles, or into their living room via their TV, Skype has made it possible for millions of people to share video moments wherever they are.”

Now here’s the clincher – the updated Skype iOS app also allows you to make video calls not only via Wi-Fi but over 3G as well. Again, something which Apple’s Facetime does not allow. The new Skype app supports iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPod Touch 4th gen running on iOS 4.0 or above. Additionally, iPod Touch 3rd gen owners can also receive video calls as well as the iPad. Likewise, Skype video calls can also be made between Skype for iPhone app and desktop apps – Skype for Windows 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac 2.8 and above, Skype for Linux and Asus videophone.

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