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Skype Unleashes Video-capable iPhone App

Skype has updated its official iPhone app by adding the ability to make video calls using the iPhone 4's front facing camera over the 3G network.

The popular VoIP company informed that the update version of the application was now available for download from the iTunes App Store (or via the Skype's website) for free

Skype also warned that although the company won't charge users for making video calls on the iPhone, the mobile phone operators might charge them for data usage.

Skype recommends that the video calling feature will work best with a Wi-Fi connection with a strong signal. The new video calling feature, which is compatible with PC version of Skype's client, will give direct competition to Apple's FaceTime feature which is yet to take-off in a big way.

Neil Stevens, general manager of Skype's consumer business, said in a statement that “With video calling representing approximately 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes for the first six months of 2010, our users have been eager to get Skype video calling on their mobile phones.”