Only a few days after posting -- and removing -- a sneak peek at details of its video-calling service for iPhones, Skype today launched a free offering that enables iPhone users to video-chat with each other.
"This season is very special as we are releasing a new version of Skype for iPhone and iPod Touch with video calling. Now you will be able to share all the special moments in video, as they happen, wherever you are," said Raul Liive project manager of beta programs at Skype, in a blog.
Skype for iPhone lets users make and receive free Skype video calls on their iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, said Skype in a blog. The service works on 3G and Wi-Fi, and is compatible with the iPhone 4; iPhone 3GS; and iPod Touch fourth-generation with iOS 4.0 or later. Owners of the iPod Touch third generation and iPad also may receive video calls, according to Skype.
In addition, calls can be made between devices using the Skype for iPhone app and PCs running Skype for Windows 4.2 and above; Skype for Mac 2.8 and above; Skype for Linux; and the Asus videophone, the developer said.
Users can, of course, use the service to make audio calls to other Skype users and make lower-cost phone calls to landlines and mobile phone numbers around the world.
On Dec. 24, several documents appeared on Skype's Web site, prompting online buzz about a competitor to Apple FaceTime. The company quickly removed the information, which had initially appeared in its FAQs section.