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Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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So far, so good, but the bad news is that voice calls are currently limited to Wi-Fi as Edge and 3G are not supported by this version. This may be a limitation of the current iPhone OS as reports from the US say that VoIP services have been shown working over 3G on iPhone's running V3.0 software. This means it may be possible in the future to make Skype calls over 3G as long as O2 doesn't veto the idea.

Competitors like Truphone get around the current limitation by providing you with a low cost gateway number that you can call when you're on the move to then get access to low international rates, but Skype has chosen not to go down this route, so it's basically Wi-Fi or nothing in terms of making voice calls at present.

The other major issue is that Skype cannot be run in the background ready to pop-up when you receive an incoming call. To be fair this is not a problem of Skype, but rather one of the limitations of the current iPhone OS. At present the iPhone doesn't support multitasking, so processes like this simply can't be run in the background. However, the good news is that there will be support for background monitoring in new V3.0 iPhone OS, so hopefully Skype will be able to update the client to support this when the new OS appears later this year.

Despite these drawbacks, the actual call quality over Wi-Fi was generally very good with Skype making impressive use of the iPhone's built-in mic and speaker. A lot of the time it sounded no different than a standard mobile call. However, this does greatly depend on the utilisation of the Wi-Fi network you are using and its associated broadband connection. When there's a lot of congestion on the network calls can become a bit garbled, but then this is also a failing of the desktop version of Skype.

Calls to other Skype users are naturally free, but Skype also offers low call rates to standard numbers in foreign countries. These have remained consistently competitive with other services despite Skype's popularity. However, currently when you want to add credit to your Skype account you have to leave the application and start up the Safari web browser to log in to the main Skype website, which is a little bit inelegant.

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April 21, 2009, 3:57 am

Used this the other day to call Oz for 15 minutes using my iPhone. Worked flawlessly so seriously impressed with that!

Phani Areti

April 24, 2009, 4:10 pm

i am using it almost every day on my iphone since it has been released. i must say i was a bit disoppointed that o2 is not supporting skype call but if you have wifi access all the time ..y do u need o2? i hope the 3.0 update will fix it.

Frank 4

May 16, 2009, 2:50 pm

For historical record:Skype calls are available on i-Phone since long time!in fact - long

time before Apple had put its i-phone on the market.

Apple has stolen/taken/bought the name i-phone from Taiwan company "Linksys" producing

internet telephony,among other things,with the name "i-Phone";they are designed specically

for Skype and they are called .... "i-phone" and skype-phone in the same time.

Anybody complaining about i-pod and i-phone knock-offs?Why?God is happy when one croock steals from another croock!

What about the name "Apple"? - Steve Jobs stolen it from famous rock band TheBeattles!

They have recording company called "Apple Corp.",as every old child knows.

Mr Steve Jobs was allowed by generous rockers to use the name Apple under condition,that

he will stick to computer bussines,without venturing into MUSIC!

And now what?only 2 rockers left - I do not know if they care...

So,Misters Trusted Reviews! - SteveJ and his AppleCo are villians and they do not deserve

your protectionism,they deserve to be copied.ThankYou China for yours music devices!

There are many in US,who think,that mp3player is SteveJob's invention!!!!What do you think in this department?Do you know,who invented "MP3compression" and when?I will buy you Singapore Sling if you know!!Serious...I am waiting in the LongBar.


May 14, 2010, 12:49 pm

in response to Frank, the German company Fraunhofer-Gesellshaft developed MP3 technology and now licenses the patent rights to the audio compression technology - United States Patent 5,579,430 for a "digital encoding process". The inventors named on the MP3 patent are Bernhard Grill, Karl-Heinz Brandenburg, Thomas Sporer, Bernd Kurten, and Ernst Eberlein.

In 1987, the prestigious Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen research center (part of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) began researching high quality, low bit-rate audio coding, a project named EUREKA project EU147, Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).

Dieter Seitzer and Karlheinz Brandenburg

Two names are mentioned most frequently in connection with the development of MP3. The Fraunhofer Institut was helped with their audio coding by Dieter Seitzer, a professor at the University of Erlangen. Sponsored Links

Dieter Seitzer had been working on the quality transfer of music over a standard phone line. The Fraunhofer research was led by Karlheinz Brandenburg often called the "father of MP3". Karlheinz Brandenburg was a specialist in mathematics and electronics and had been researching methods of compressing music since 1977. In an interview with Intel, Karlheinz Brandenburg described how MP3 took several years to fully develop and almost failed. Brandenburg stated "In 1991, the project almost died. During modification tests, the encoding simply did not want to work properly. Two days before submission of the first version of the MP3 codec, we found the compiler error."

What is MP3

MP3 stands for MPEG Audio Layer III and it is a standard for audio compression that makes any music file smaller with little or no loss of sound quality. MP3 is part of MPEG, an acronym for Motion Pictures Expert Group, a family of standards for displaying video and audio using lossy compression. Standards set by the Industry Standards Organization or ISO, beginning in 1992 with the MPEG-1 standard. MPEG-1 is a video compression standard with low bandwidth. The high bandwidth audio and video compression standard of MPEG-2 followed and was good enough to use with DVD technology. MPEG Layer III or MP3 involves only audio compression.

Hope that this quells your rage. Ta


May 14, 2010, 12:51 pm

@Frank P.S. where can I collect my Singapore Sling?

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