APP WATCH: Skype updates iPhone app to 2.0

Mobile networks all over the world just might be reacting with a degree of anguish to the news that Skype has updated its iPhone app, with version 2.0 now offering calls over a 3G network for the very first time.

According to Pocket Lint, the new version of Skype was rolled out over the past bank holiday weekend, adding that 3G option, which could save you a few quid on your bill. According to the details on the App Store, Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010 (not including data costs), after which there will be a small monthly fee. How much 'small' actually is will no doubt be disclosed nearer to that August date.

But 3G isn't the only improvement to the app. Others include 'a near CD-quality sound' for Skype-to-Skype calls via wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 3GS and the 2nd generation iPod touch, an enhanced call quality indicator, an improved start-up time and fast access to the dial pad from iPhone home screen.

If all of that appeal, head over to the Apple App Store to grab the improved Skype app now.

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