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As expected, Skype has added a new video calling feature to its iPhone app, giving users an alternate service from Apple's own FaceTime video chat standard. Meanwhile, an app that remapped the iPhone's volume button to serve as a shutter button has been quietly removed from the App Store.

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Last week, reports emerged that Skype was planning to make "a series of video-related announcements" at next month's Consumer Electronics Show. A support document detailing how to make video calls via iPhone served as further evidence of the imminent release of a video-capable Skype iPhone app.

An update to the Skype for iOS app Thursday now enables users to make Skype to Skype video calls over WiFi and 3G with other iOS Skype users or Skype desktop users, Engadget reports. Two-way video calls are only supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch, while iPad and third-generation iPod touch users can receive video calls. Video calling on Skype 3.0 requires iOS 4.0 or above.



Skype's launch of video chat on the iPhone and iPod touch will challenge Apple's efforts to get its FaceTime video conferencing standard to catch on. With over 500 million user accounts, Skype has the user base needed to promote rapid adoption of its video call features over Apple's FaceTime.



However, if Skype is to take on Apple over video conferencing, it will need to shore up its servers in preparation for the increased traffic. A software bug on older versions of Skype for Windows caused an embarrassing massive outage of the Skype service last week, lasting 24 hours. As a conciliatory gesture, Skype is reportedly offering 30 minutes of talk time to some users affected by the outage.

For its part, Apple has moved aggressively to bring FaceTime to the bulk of its devices. In September, Apple updated the iPod touch to include a forward-facing camera and FaceTime capability. In October, Apple announced it was bringing FaceTime to the Mac.

Rumors abound that the second-generation iPad will include FaceTime-ready cameras when it is released next year. In September, AppleInsider exclusively reported that a FaceTime-enabled iPad had already advanced to testing stages and remained on track for an introduction "no later than the first quarter of next year."

Apple built Facetime using open standards, including IETF standards and familiar codecs such as H.264 video and AAC audio, in the hopes of establishing it as the dominant service in the emerging video call market.

Shutter bug

The" Quick Snap - Camera Plus" app has been quietly taken down from the App Store, with a short-lived run of just two weeks. The developer's Twitter account and Facebook page have yet to provide an explanation for why the app was removed, but the fact that the app was approved at all is itself a fluke.

Released on Dec. 15, "Quick Snap" appeared to violate Apple's developer agreement, which forbids button remapping. The popular "Camera +" app was pulled from the App Store in August for including an 'easter egg' feature that reconfigured the volume button as a shutter button. "Camera +" returned to the App Store last week with a version 2.0 update packing more than 50 new features, but no sign of the "VolumeSnap" feature.
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As expected, Skype has added a new video calling feature to its iPhone app, giving users an alternate service from Apple's own FaceTime video chat standard. Meanwhile, an app that remapped the iPhone's volume button to serve as a shutter button has been quietly removed from the App Store.

Skype

Last week, reports emerged that Skype was planning to make "a series of video-related announcements" at next month's Consumer Electronics Show. A support document detailing how to make video calls via iPhone served as further evidence of the imminent release of a video-capable Skype iPhone app.

An update to the Skype for iOS app Thursday now enables users to make Skype to Skype video calls over WiFi and 3G with other iOS Skype users or Skype desktop users, Engadget reports. Two-way video calls are only supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch, while iPad and third-generation iPod touch users can receive video calls. Video calling on Skype 3.0 requires iOS 4.0 or above.



Skype's launch of video chat on the iPhone and iPod touch will challenge Apple's efforts to get its FaceTime video conferencing standard to catch on. With over 500 million user accounts, Skype has the user base needed to promote rapid adoption of its video call features over Apple's FaceTime.



However, if Skype is to take on Apple over video conferencing, it will need to shore up its servers in preparation for the increased traffic. A software bug on older versions of Skype for Windows caused an embarrassing massive outage of the Skype service last week, lasting 24 hours. As a conciliatory gesture, Skype is reportedly offering 30 minutes of talk time to some users affected by the outage.

For its part, Apple has moved aggressively to bring FaceTime to the bulk of its devices. In September, Apple updated the iPod touch to include a forward-facing camera and FaceTime capability. In October, Apple announced it was bringing FaceTime to the Mac.

Rumors abound that the second-generation iPad will include FaceTime-ready cameras when it is released next year. In September, AppleInsider exclusively reported that a FaceTime-enabled iPad had already advanced to testing stages and remained on track for an introduction "no later than the first quarter of next year."

Apple built Facetime using open standards, including IETF standards and familiar codecs such as H.264 video and AAC audio, in the hopes of establishing it as the dominant service in the emerging video call market.

Shutter bug

The" Quick Snap - Camera Plus" app has been quietly taken down from the App Store, with a short-lived run of just two weeks. The developer's Twitter account and Facebook page have yet to provide an explanation for why the app was removed, but the fact that the app was approved at all is itself a fluke.

Released on Dec. 15, "Quick Snap" appeared to violate Apple's developer agreement, which forbids button remapping. The popular "Camera +" app was pulled from the App Store in August for including an 'easter egg' feature that reconfigured the volume button as a shutter button. "Camera +" returned to the App Store last week with a version 2.0 update packing more than 50 new features, but no sign of the "VolumeSnap" feature.

Does anyone really use FaceTime? it seems like such a great idea until U use it. U have 2 hold the iPhone @ arm's length if U don't want ya face 2 look distorted, & then U have 2 shout @ the phone 2 make yourself heard.

Besides, most people's faces don't look so good on camera, they're used 2 seeing themselves in a mirror, so the reversed image of their face can B quite jarring, i was so excited to get FaceTime, but on the first use, I decided I need 2 get a wig and extensive plastic surgery..

(i pilfered this from a tech blog... i would NEVER wear a wig..
now the plastic surgery well thats another thing all together..)
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Does anyone really use FaceTime? it seems like such a great idea until U use it. U have 2 hold the iPhone @ arm's length if U don't want ya face 2 look distorted, & then U have 2 shout @ the phone 2 make yourself heard.

Besides, most people's faces don't look so good on camera, they're used 2 seeing themselves in a mirror, so the reversed image of their face can B quite jarring, i was so excited to get FaceTime, but on the first use, I decided I need 2 get a wig and extensive plastic surgery..

(i pilfered this from a tech blog... i would NEVER wear a wig..
now the plastic surgery well thats another thing all together..)


Not everyone shares your sentiments. I use facetime quite often... or i should say, I use facetime or an equivalent service, quite often. Usually its with the headphones or somewhere where i don't have to yell to be heard.

My biggest gripe with FT is the wifi restriction, and the fact that it doesn't prompt you that someone is trying to facetime you if you happen to not be on wifi.

IMO, if you're not on wifi It should send you a popup saying "Jane doe is trying to FaceTime you" would you like to 1)search for wifi 2) answer if via phonecall. The fact that it makes no noise to indicate that you missed a FT call until after the sender has already given up is ridiculous.. esp since not everyone walks around with their wifi on all the time, even when theres wifi available.

I've found good use for Tango... a free app that mimics facetime almost feature for feature with the exception that it can be used over 3G or wifi... and it works for Android phones too. The quality seems about on par with FT. Plus, you don't have to make a new screen name, it just finds people in your contact list by phone# or email.

With Skype now entering the game, I think it opens up the notion to a lot more people, which I think is a good thing.

My only concern with these varying implementations is that I don't know how they affect battery life. I know FT works very efficiently, and I can only hope Skype does too..
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Skype video over 3G, and to PCs, Mac, even iPhone 3gs....

Facetime has a wifi restriction, is restricted to calling apple products only, and even then it's restricted to more Apple products than Skype (which is bizarre).

Skype's a winner here.
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But does it support push-notifications like Tango or Viber does? With the previous version you could only receive calls once you were online. Push would make me stop using Viber instantly.
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I love FaceTime. My girlfriend and I use it all the time. It's installed on my Mac too, and so far the "Beta" has worked flawlessly.
I totally understand why it's only over WiFi, and don't care.
In fact I showed it to a friend I work with, and it made him buy an iPod Touch 4th gen for him and his wife; then two weeks later he bought both of his daughters.
So the power of FaceTime for some people is more powerful than others. I know he didn't buy them ONLY for the FaceTime, but it really helped.

I had my credit card stollen a year ago and whoever took bought a massive amount of time on Skype. Took forever to clear it up. Because of that little problem I've never even tried to use it.
Strange, but they also tried to get a Vonage account. I guess they had a lot of talking to do.
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I can't get FaceTime to work among my network devices at home that are connected to the same router. Is it a port forwarding issue? I'd love to be able to check up on my daughter's homework progress without getting up and going into the other room. It doesn't seem to be able to work that way.
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apple also misuses the volume button! apple also violates their own rules! set an alarm and wait until it starts. press the volume UP button, and the alarm will stop!

if apple would follow its own rules, the alarm sound would have to be louder, but it stops! so obviously APPLE REMAPPED this button in alarm with the SNOOZE function!!!
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I'd love to be able to check up on my daughter's homework progress without getting up and going into the other room...

Hmm no parenting award for you!

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...then two weeks later he bought both of his daughters...

And where did he buy them from?
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Hopefully this will speed up FaceTime over 3G. I use FaceTime often and it is annoying not being able to receive a FaceTime call when I am not in WiFi area.
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Besides, most people's faces don't look so good on camera, they're used 2 seeing themselves in a mirror, so the reversed image of their face can B quite jarring, i was so excited to get FaceTime, but on the first use, I decided I need 2 get a wig and extensive plastic surgery.

Just like with iChats Video Chat feature, FaceTime shows a mirror image of the local user.
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"...quietly removed..." As opposed to what? Banging pots and pans together?

If Apple and at&t allow Skype to do video over 3G, why the heck doesn't FT work over 3G? Jobs quipped that it was the carriers restriction. What gives?
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If Apple and at&t allow Skype to do video over 3G, why the heck doesn't FT work over 3G? Jobs quipped that it was the carriers restriction. What gives?

Good question. I was wondering the same!
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"...quietly removed..." As opposed to what? Banging pots and pans together?

If Apple and at&t allow Skype to do video over 3G, why the heck doesn't FT work over 3G? Jobs quipped that it was the carriers restriction. What gives?

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Good question. I was wondering the same!

I believe Jobs stated FaceTime of 3G was coming in 2011. I also recall him mentioning that some/many carriers need to add support the FaceTime protocol suite and port for it to work appropriately, which I inferred was part of the reason for only starting it on WiFI.
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Never mind video calls, but that second screenshot shows Push notifications. That's new, too, right?!

Missing push notifications were the number one thing limiting Skype on iPhone. Did they really fix that? If so, why is nobody reporting that?
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I can see more clearly now why FaceTime is wifi only.. I just tried Skype video call via 3G. And I wouldn't recommend it not only is it bad quality but drains your battery quickly..
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I believe Jobs stated FaceTime of 3G was coming in 2011. I also recall him mentioning that some/many carriers need to add support the FaceTime protocol suite and port for it to work appropriately, which I inferred was part of the reason for only starting it on WiFI.

Maybe he meant the carriers need time to optimize or prioritize video traffic to prevent stutter and stalling during video calls. Makes sense to use open standards for that purpose.

I haven't tried Skype's 3G video calling yet, but if it's herky jerky and unreliable, than it really doesn't matter that it has a feature that is practically unusable. Again, just saying that the quality of the call will make a big difference.

Plus Apple was supposed to make FaceTime an OPEN standard. Yes I realize they built it on open standards already, but the entirety of the package known as "FaceTime" is still a specific protocol and Apple failed to deliver it to the public other than within its own products. Maybe it was for competitive reasons, not wanting Android developers to integrate FaceTime into major products before Apple did. Or maybe Steve just changed his mind. Whatever the case, it was a great concept when it was announced, but now 6 months+ into it, I think it's about time to open up the standard before it gets overtaken by something already more established (i.e. Skype).
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Never mind video calls, but that second screenshot shows Push notifications. That's new, too, right?!

Missing push notifications were the number one thing limiting Skype on iPhone. Did they really fix that? If so, why is nobody reporting that?

Skype has had Push Notifications for many versions now.
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Never mind video calls, but that second screenshot shows Push notifications. That's new, too, right?!

Missing push notifications were the number one thing limiting Skype on iPhone. Did they really fix that? If so, why is nobody reporting that?

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but tried using this to see if WiFi was similar in quality to FT and if push notifications worked. Well, notifications don't work and in fact, Skype doesn't even show up in the notifications list of applicable apps.

And image quality on WiFi was not as clear as FT. Can't imagine how bad 3G would be?

So, unless you walk around with the Skype app always on, and you like subpar video quality, then this is the app for you.
I still have it and can use it, the only problem is, I have to call the person first, tell them to initiate Skype, then call them back on Skype. Might as well just make a regular call.

If they can get Skype to auto-run or provide a notification to give me the option to initiate Skype and a vid call or use the regular phone, then this would be a contender, even with sub-par vid quality.
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Well, I don't know about anyone else, but tried using this to see if WiFi was similar in quality to FT and if push notifications worked. Well, notifications don't work and in fact, Skype doesn't even show up in the notifications list of applicable apps.

And image quality on WiFi was not as clear as FT. Can't imagine how bad 3G would be?

So, unless you walk around with the Skype app always on, and you like subpar video quality, then this is the app for you.
I still have it and can use it, the only problem is, I have to call the person first, tell them to initiate Skype, then call them back on Skype. Might as well just make a regular call.

If they can get Skype to auto-run or provide a notification to give me the option to initiate Skype and a vid call or use the regular phone, then this would be a contender, even with sub-par vid quality.

I hope the person yo ucalled was also on wifi. I used this with me on wifi and my wife on her 3gs 3g connection. IT was pretty good.

This is better then facetime because it does video calling on the 3gs also. I was impressed on how well it worked.
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I hope the person yo ucalled was also on wifi. I used this with me on wifi and my wife on her 3gs 3g connection. IT was pretty good.

This is better then facetime because it does video calling on the 3gs also. I was impressed on how well it worked.

Yes, everything was done inside on our network. Phone and iPod Touch 4G used, separated by 2 feet and only 3 feet from the router. Done at early morning hours for optimum net performance. I'm not saying it was bad quality video, just compared to FT it wasn't nearly as good.

And yes, the advantage is being able to make Skype vid calls on 3G, however, if the other person doesn't have the Skype app on, it makes no difference. Won't work, so you might as well make a regular call. With Facetime, the phone/iPod Touch just initiates FT, regardless if the app is activated or not.

Until Skype is able to turn itself on or push notifications to initiate a call, it's just not as convenient as FT.
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Skype has had Push Notifications for many versions now.

Skype was actually one if the first apps to use Local Push Notifications. Combined with the VOIP background threading in iOS 4 it allowed you to actually be notified of an incoming call in real time. Some people actually wanted APN network notifications, but they would have been next to useless for a VOIP system because of the latency. They might have been good enough to notify you of missed calls.

But yes, skype with live notifications of incoming calls is old news. It could only be done properly on iOS with local notifications and background VoIP, but it is there. Actually, steve use skype as the demo when he originally previewed iOS 4 and the multitasking features.

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"...quietly removed..." As opposed to what? Banging pots and pans together?

If Apple and at&t allow Skype to do video over 3G, why the heck doesn't FT work over 3G? Jobs quipped that it was the carriers restriction. What gives?

Have you ever started talking on a 3G call using the speaker phone then switched to FaceTime? The quality improvement will blow you away... I almost hate to call home using the cell after FT was invented.
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I just tested the new Skype iPhone app. The video chat was between Atlanta GA and New York NY. Skype worked wonderfully. The image quality is similar to FaceTime, but the UI of Skype was a little foreign to me, but I'm sure that will change after a few calls.

As a FaceTime AND Skype user, I'm very happy with this update. I'm not of the opinion that you must choose between FaceTime and Skype... they can live together. That said, with the limitations of FaceTime (WiFi only, iPod Touch, iPhone and Mac users only, etc.) I think Skype is the more interesting technology for the industry. I live in a world where people use Windows systems (for better or worse), and I would like to be able to video chat via 3G.
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apple also misuses the volume button! apple also violates their own rules! set an alarm and wait until it starts. press the volume UP button, and the alarm will stop!

if apple would follow its own rules, the alarm sound would have to be louder, but it stops! so obviously APPLE REMAPPED this button in alarm with the SNOOZE function!!!

iOS 4.1 or higher does NOT remap the volume-up button to be an alarm snooze button.

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Does anyone really use FaceTime? it seems like such a great idea until U use it. U have 2 hold the iPhone @ arm's length if U don't want ya face 2 look distorted, & then U have 2 shout @ the phone 2 make yourself heard.

Besides, most people's faces don't look so good on camera, they're used 2 seeing themselves in a mirror, so the reversed image of their face can B quite jarring, i was so excited to get FaceTime, but on the first use, I decided I need 2 get a wig and extensive plastic surgery..

(i pilfered this from a tech blog... i would NEVER wear a wig..
now the plastic surgery well thats another thing all together..)

I used it once with a Mac to new iPod touch test call. It has its uses, but with the current restrictions to Wi-Fi, iOS devices, and Macs actually getting to use it is few and far between. Right now, it suffers the same problems as iChat (which it is redundant to), works great but their inability to work with others limits practicality.
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I use Facetime or Tango at least 3-4 times a week to communicate with my family, but mostly with my daughter who lives in another city with my new grand daughter. It has it's audio problems, but that is solved by plugging in an earphone or bluetooth piece.
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Skype was actually one if the first apps to use Local Push Notifications. Combined with the VOIP background threading in iOS 4 it allowed you to actually be notified of an incoming call in real time. Some people actually wanted APN network notifications, but they would have been next to useless for a VOIP system because of the latency. They might have been good enough to notify you of missed calls.

Missed calls is the most common notification you'll get according to my experience. I have a California Skype number that my contacts can call and it rings on my iPhone when I'm on wifi. I was in Central America recently and the iPhone would ring but unless I answered it on the first ring the call would always go to voice mail. After speaking later with my caller they said it rang several times before going to voice mail. I think the problem is that the rings that the caller hears are not the same rings I receive on my iPhone. I have read on the Skype forum several other people having similar issues. Maybe this has been addressed in the new version.

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Does anyone really use FaceTime? it seems like such a great idea until U use it. U have 2 hold the iPhone @ arm's length if U don't want ya face 2 look distorted, & then U have 2 shout @ the phone 2 make yourself heard.

Besides, most people's faces don't look so good on camera, they're used 2 seeing themselves in a mirror, so the reversed image of their face can B quite jarring, i was so excited to get FaceTime, but on the first use, I decided I need 2 get a wig and extensive plastic surgery..

(i pilfered this from a tech blog... i would NEVER wear a wig..
now the plastic surgery well thats another thing all together..)

problem with facetime is you need a mac or idevice. most people don't want to spend more than $500 on a laptop
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Downloaded the Skype update today, did a few Skype video calls on WIFI and then on 3G,..
Let me tell you both WIFI and 3G were better quality than the 'Fring app,.. however the Skype 'WIFI' video calling quality is now where near as good as 'faceTime',..

Come on Apple get FC on 3G and you have a winner here,..
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Missed calls is the most common notification you'll get according to my experience. I have a California Skype number that my contacts can call and it rings on my iPhone when I'm on wifi. I was in Central America recently and the iPhone would ring but unless I answered it on the first ring the call would always go to voice mail. After speaking later with my caller they said it rang several times before going to voice mail. I think the problem is that the rings that the caller hears are not the same rings I receive on my iPhone. I have read on the Skype forum several other people having similar issues. Maybe this has been addressed in the new version.

Sounds like it could be a delay introduced by the VoIP thread provided by the OS. Maybe due to the phone being in sleepmode.

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problem with facetime is you need a mac or idevice. most people don't want to spend more than $500 on a laptop

FaceTime is open though so this won't necessarily be true for long. In fact it's likely to have fully functional Windows and Mac clients before February. Also, FaceTime is just plain easier to use.

The fact that FaceTime works seamlessly with whatever devices you own and has zero setup works in it's favour. Skype is not exactly *hard* to use, but it's not exactly simple either and generally requires user account setup to be done on a computer ahead of time (at least to get all the features). This then has to be managed to some degree.

With FaceTime, the user simply has to find the FaceTime button when making a call.

Personally, I think FaceTime will take off like a rocket when they come out with the desktop clients in the new year. I've showed the Mac beta client to a few people now and they were suitably impressed. It seems that very few people realise that desktop clients are in the mix and currently think of FaceTime as a "phone-to-phone" thing.

I have a Skype account, but I can't see ever paying for it when FaceTime is better quality, free, and doesn't require me to have separate "internet phone numbers" etc. I'm sure someone will reply with an account of how I can get all this for free on Skype as well, but the point is I don't want to get involved in figuring out how all that will work. I don't want to worry about *another* phone account, I already hate "managing" the one I have (minutes, time restrictions, etc.).

FaceTime just works and you don't have to think about it. It's also the very first time a lot of folks have been introduced to video calling and that alone will drive it as the standard.
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I'm very pleased Skype has put video calls onto the iPhone, and this is pretty much the end of Facetime for me. Whilst I've been quite impressed with the quality of Facetime, and it's integration within the iPhone is nice, for me it's benefits aren't enough to outweigh the fact that I've been using Skype for years, and I can't see my contacts bothering to switch over to Facetime when Skype is equally easy to use and with 3G connectivity, actually more useful.
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Skype, lookout for traffic. You are warned!
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I'm very pleased Skype has put video calls onto the iPhone, and this is pretty much the end of Facetime for me.

The problem with Skype on iPhone is that it logs you out when you loose connection, so you can't be reached until you check the Skype app and log in again.
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The problem with Skype on iPhone is that it logs you out when you loose connection, so you can't be reached until you check the Skype app and log in again.

Go to settings > Skype > Sign in Automatically > On

Go Offline > Never

That should fix your problem.

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I have a Skype account, but I can't see ever paying for it when FaceTime is better quality, free, and doesn't require me to have separate "internet phone numbers" etc. I'm sure someone will reply with an account of how I can get all this for free on Skype as well, but the point is I don't want to get involved in figuring out how all that will work. I don't want to worry about *another* phone account, I already hate "managing" the one I have (minutes, time restrictions, etc.).

All communication apps require a little set up to be useful. One nice feature about Skype is that so many people are using it to communicate to other countries. That might not seem like such a big deal if most of your live communication needs are national in scope. For me, I use it all the time for communicating with clients and friends abroad. We almost never use the video chat feature anyway, mostly just voice and a lot of text chat. I think Skype offering a competing feature to FaceTime is irrelevant for most users. The fact that FaceTime doesn't offer an integrated text chat, voice only calling, file transfer, voice mail, online status etc. is a big disadvantage compared to Skype. Sure, Apple has all those functions, but each one is in some other app and doesn't integrate very well.

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Go to settings > Skype > Sign in Automatically > On

Go Offline > Never

That should fix your problem.

I have both these things set right since the beginning.
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Downloaded the Skype update today, did a few Skype video calls on WIFI and then on 3G,..
Let me tell you both WIFI and 3G were better quality than the 'Fring app,.. however the Skype 'WIFI' video calling quality is now where near as good as 'faceTime',..

Come on Apple get FC on 3G and you have a winner here,..

Don't blame Apple. I believe it was demanded by att to keep it from further embarrassment. I'll bet that Verizon will allow it at iPhone debut, since they will derive more revenue from data charges, and must believe they can offer FT without a problem, getting a competitive edge (until att decides it must allow FT also to remain competitive). Then the data war will start in earnest, as every teen insists on "Facebook time is Facetime". Let the bandwidth race begin -- Gentlemen, start your networks!
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