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Skype boosts iOS app with unlimited free video messages

Microsoft-owned VoIP app Skype has updated its wares for iOS users, allowing them to send unlimited free video messages to fellow users.

The newly-tuned app lifts restrictions on video clips, which had previously limited users to just 20 free videos a month unless they upgraded to the $4.99 Skype Premium subscription.

The update comes just over a week after Skype announced it would be making video messages completely free on all platforms.

In a blog post at the time the company said: “Video messaging is now available to all Skype users. You can send and receive as many video messages as you want – completely free of charge. Video messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running Skype.”

The functionality allows users to send video messages up to three minutes in length from Skype’s smartphone, tablets and Windows and Mac apps.

It’s proved popular for those wishing to send personal video messages quickly and easily, while it’s also a good alternative if users are unable to make contact when attempting to make a live voice and video call.

As well as some general fixes and improvements, the app also improves video and audio call stability and brings more reliable photo sharing.

Earlier this month the company had rolled out the video message feature, which first appeared for iOS, Android and Mac users in February, to BlackBerry, Windows 8 and Windows desktop users.

Strangely, considering Microsoft owns the company, the feature is yet to hit Windows Phone.