Skype nixes 3G toll plan for iPhone

Today Skype released an update to their iPhone app that enables multitasking.  Along with it, they announce via their “Big Blog” that they won’t be charging for Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G as had been announced at their previous update.

At Skype, we believe that better call quality and better availability which is achieved with an app capable of multitasking and/or making calls over 3G lead to increased call frequency and longer calls. We also believe that the mobile world is in a period of significant change, for example, with some operators starting to move to tiered pricing models.

In light of that, we no longer have plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G. We’re delighted to make it easier for you to talk for even longer and do even more together using Skype.

Skype for iPhone’s Wi-Fi limitation causing tension

On the day that Skype announced that their iPhone app has surpassed the 1 million download mark, MacRumors notes that there is a growing battle between consumers and carriers regarding their rights when using their mobile phone and service plan.  I, for one, would like to the the VOIP-on-WiFi-only restriction lifted.  I pay for data, and I should be able to use as I like as long as it is within reasonable fair use.  Therefore, I was quite interested to read the following quote from the article.

…an open-Internet advocacy group is asking the FCC to see if AT&T and Apple are violating federal rules by restricting Skype to just Wi-Fi.  — MacRumors