Skype has launched an updated app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which supports Skype to Skype video calls over WiFi and 3G. You can use the new app to make calls to other Skype users on an iOS device, or anyone using the desktop version of Skype.

Sure, you could already use Fring, Tango, or Apple’s FaceTime app to make video calls on an iPhone. But Skype already has a huge user base, and this makes it a lot more likely that the person you’re calling will be able to take your video call.

Skype 3.0 for iOS lets you make video calls on the iPhone 4, 3GS and 4th generation iPod touch models. You can also receive video calls on the 3rd generation iPod touch or an iPad.

There’s still no word on when Skype will be adding support for video calls to its Android client.

Skype for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store.

Update: I think something went wrong with the installation. I uninstalled, reinstalled, and rebooted and now everything seems to be working. I just had a brief iPod to iPod call with GigaOm’s Kevin Tofel, and the audio and video quality was pretty good. Not quite as good as Apple’s FaceTime, but pretty close.

You can check out another screenshot after the break.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

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