Skype Available Through Apple's App Store
Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners are now able to download the Skype application from Apple's App Store. Skype CEO Durchslag said an iPhone app has been Skype users' "No. 1" request.After a long wait, Apple iPhone and iPod touch owners are finally able to download the much-requested Skype application onto their mobiles. Although other third-party developers offer Skype clients, this is the first Skype-powered application for either device. The application is free to download from Apple's online App Store. Company CEO Scott Durchslag said Skype software for the iPhone has been the No. 1 request among their users. "We are delighted to deliver on this request and put Skype into the pockets of millions of people around the world who are carrying iPhone and iPod touch devices," he said. "Skype for iPhone will open up new ways for more than 400 million Skype users to stay connected and take their Skype conversations with them."
Durchslag characterized the convergence of technologies as a marriage of Skype's "simplicity, ease-of-use and quality" and Apple's "elegance of design and richness." Skype's voice over IP (VOIP) technology allows users to make phone calls over the Web. The application allows users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls from any Wi-Fi zone to other Skype users worldwide, as well as make calls to landlines and mobile phone at low rates.
In the week leading up to the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas, which starts Wednesday, Skype made another announcement signaling the company's interest in capturing a larger share of the business market. Skype released a beta version of Skype for SIP (Session Initiation Protocol), which allows peer-to-peer VOIP clients to interact with existing IP PBXs. The wide release of the service is scheduled for later this year.
On Tuesday afternoon, the company will hold a press conference at CTIA in order to " share more about its vision and strategy for gaining deeper penetration into the mobile sector" and says it will make several announcements that mark "concrete steps" towards that goal.