Verizon did it and now it would seem that AT&T is following suit. You can now make calls over 3G using Skype’s iPhone application. But there is a catch. The calls over 3G are free until August, after which they’ll tack on a small monthly fee. It’s not clear if Skype or AT&T will be collecting this fee or how this new feature sits with the brass at the carrier.
This means that you don’t have to use your Anytime minutes to call abroad if you’re in the middle of no where. Heck, you don’t have to use any of your minutes if you pay $3 a month for unlimited Skype US calls. And just think, when iPhone 4.0 arrives, which will allow background processes, you could very well make and take 100% of your calls on Skype. For those of you that are heavy talkers and pay for the extra minutes, this could mean a massive savings.
Update: The ‘fee’ roll out has now been delayed until the end of 2010. Looks like they want more people hooked before they start charging.
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