No video calls on iPhone 3G with skype app 3.0.0 (Not even one-way)

December 31, 2010 at 11:57 am 2 comments

Everyone is reporting on the new Skype iPhone / iOS app. (Welt MacNews Golem Heise Skype blog 9to5Mac Engadget)

Everyone says: There are two-way video calls from camera equipped iOS devices to other skype video enabled devices (like PCs with their desktop application or other iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4). They also say that you can receive a video stream on an iPad and an iTouch 3G.

They don’t state (explicitly) that the iPhone 3G lacks the capability to receive and display a video stream.

So I went ahead and called my iPhone 3G from a computer with a webcam (current desktop skype). The button to start a video chat was activated when looking at my iPhone-Skype-contact, so I clicked it.  However, the Skype app never finished starting the video feed. (Usually the video stream comes up within a video seconds.) app version 3.0.0 / firmware: 4.2.1 .

So I conclude:

Can the iPhone 3G do video calls with the new Skype app?

There are no video calls with the new Skype App 3.0 on the iPhone 3G.

You cannot receive a video stream with the iPhone 3G. You cannot establish a one-way video call with the iPhone 3G. (You wouldn’t expect 2-way videocalls anyway as the iPhone 3G doesn’t support video recording with the standard firmware.)

Maybe someday jailbroken iPhones can wrap the Skype app so it will allow receiving video calls.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tati Tister  |  February 3, 2011 at 5:24 am

    Theoretisch ist das eine praktische Story, ich überlege mir nur, ob dies langfristig umsetzbar bleibt.

    Reply
    • 2. gbideas  |  February 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

      I fear I don’t understand your comment. Could you clarify?

      Reply

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