A long after its competitors had brought 3G VoIP calling to the iPhone, Skype has finally announced the launch of the new version of its iPhone app that allows to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls, and to call mobiles and landlines over 3G data connection.

The company informed that Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G will be free for a trial period which will run until the end of 2010. Details of pricing will be announced in the coming months. Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi will still remain free.

Russ Shaw, General Manager for Mobile at Skype said that using Skype on 3G “has been the number one request among our iPhone customers”.

According to the company, additional new features of the Skype for iPhone application include:

Near CD-quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio on iPhone 3GS or 2nd generation iPod touch and onwards.
• Enhanced call quality indicator, which will help customers choose the best moment to call.
• Improved start-up time
• Rapid access to the dial pad from the home screen

Unfortunately, the app doesn’t support Bluetooth audio and call waiting.

The new version is compatible with the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch and iPad. Skype requires iPhone OS version 3.0 and above.

Calling functionality is available on iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and 2nd generation iPod touch onwards. iPod touch requires a compatible headset with a microphone.

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