On January 27, Apple announced the iPad, and with it, the iPhone OS 3.2 SDK. This newest version of the iPhone software development kit relaxed the VoIP-over-3G restriction, and now Skype is free to update its app. So, why hasn't it? Surely it was prepared for such an eventuality, right?
Skype's Peter Parkes said in a blog post today, "You may have seen other apps offering calls over 3G, but we're holding ours back for a little bit longer. Why? So that we can give you the very best audio quality we can. When our 3G-capable Skype for iPhone app is released, it'll let you make calls in wideband audio, giving you greater clarity and fidelity - because that's what you expect from Skype."
Skype indicated that it will create a system to let users know how good their VoIP calls are going to be with a color-coded system. Green means go, yellow means so-so, and red means no-no.
Skype has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, February 17, during Mobile World Congress. I would expect to learn more then.