Skype has released a new version of the application for iPhone, which adds video-chat features that go beyond what Apple offers with the built in Facetime. Facetime, a built in video chat capability of the iPhone4, only works between Apple products and on WiFi networks. Skype now has the ability to connect a broader range of people, while allowing you to do so across 3G networks worldwide.
The announcement comes after Skype suffered a network outage – blamed on buggy software. Perhaps it’s related to the new features being tested, but whatever it is, I welcome the new video feature with open arms.
On the day we received handover, I walked around our new home, Skyping my parents in the States in an attempt to share in our excitement. I would have loved the video function then, but better late than never.