Skype released the latest version of its iPhone app, one that finally gives Skype the power that made it so successful on computers.With this new feature, you can now receive calls and instant messages with the app minimized in the multitasking tray.
With Skype on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you can make and receive calls, and instant message anyone else on Skype, wherever they are in the world. You can also save on international calls and text messages to phones. Skype is free to download and easy to use. With the latest version, you can now call over 3G, and keep Skype running in the background.
Previously, the app had to be open to receive calls — the modern day equivalent of sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring. The update not only lets calls come in when you are doing something, anything else on your phone, it lets calls come in when the phone is locked. In other words, the app makes Skype service feel indistinguishable from your regular phone service.
What is different is that Skype calls can come in over Wi-Fi or AT&T’s 3G cellular network, and unlike previously, there’s no charge for chit-chatting on 3G.
It also works with third-generation iPod Touch models — specifically the 32GB and 64GB models that began selling last September — though of course, these only run on Wi-Fi.
The app, now available at the iTunes App Store, is a huge step forward, and not only for people with family and friends abroad, for whom Skype is an indispensible part of everyday communication. It’s also a step forward for those exploring ways to cut back on their cellular voice-call minutes.
What’s New In Version 2.0.1:
* Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4.
Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.