Skype on iPhone: Cost-effective calling from your iPhone a reality

iPhone Applications

This is probably one of the most exciting application to be announced for the iPhone since its launch. SHAPE Services, a German company, known for making mobile IM clients, has just announced IM+ for Skype
for the iPhone, a web site optimized for the iPhone which means it will allow you to access Skype via iPhone's Safari browser, no iPhone hacks needed here.

Thus bringing cost-effective calling to landlines and mobiles from your iPhone.

With IM+ for Skype you can now chat with Skype
friends, call any PC, mobile or landline phone from wherever you are; making it very cost effective as all that you will be using is iPhone's data services which is unlimited. Based on information on their website, the other important aspect is it does not need WiFi and should work on AT&T's Edge network as well.

The application is currently in beta and hence the company is inviting people to participate in a beta testing round. They are also making it attractive and will be awarding an unlimited license for the most active beta testers.

IM+ for Skype

also works with most of the other  mobile phones like BlackBerry RIM, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME devices but will cost you $25 after a 7-day free trial. You can try this out for free for a limited time on your iPhone.

Thanks Judson for the tip!

UPDATE 2: The website is back up and running, here is the link for Skype for iPhone. Images of the IM+ for Skype UI below:

UPDATE: The bad news is by the time I finished writing this article the iPhone optimized site seems to have gone down, getting a "HTTP Status 404" error.

I am not sure but it is probably due to the heavy traffic generated from Digg for the article by GigaOM. What a pity? I also ended up adding a question mark to the subject line.

Anyways, here is the link for Skype for iPhone, enjoy the images below till we have an update on this one.