On Christmas Eve, Engadget discovered a help document on Skype’s site that points to video calling capability for the iPhone. Skype, the incredibly popular VOIP calling service, first released its iPhone app in early 2009 and video calling has never been a feature available despite several updates made to the app since the iPhone 4 with its front-facing camera was released earlier this year.
The document referencing video calling on the iPhone, which has since been removed from Skype’s site, was apparently intended to provide guidance on how to use the feature on the iPhone:
For a very brief period in July, competitor Fring offered the ability to make video calls through Skype through its own iPhone app, though an apparent disagreement between the two companies resulted in the removal of this feature from Fring’s app. Though iPhone 4 owners are able to make 2-way video calls using the device’s front-facing camera through Apple’s own Facetime technology, this is limited to use when connected to a Wi-Fi network only. The free Tango app opens up video calls to 3G networks and to the iPhone 3GS also, plus it works across platforms with a corresponding Android OS version as well, so iPhone users are not without some options in the meantime.