Skype has finally arrived on Canadian iPhones. The software, released in March for US based users, ran into a snag involving licensing issues and consequently faced delays before arriving up north. Users who wanted the app previously had to either jailbreak their phone or order it using a US Itunes Store account, a step most wouldn’t bother with.
The app only works over wifi, not 3G, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, and unsurprisingly doesn’t support video chat. Other than that small detail, it’s a flawless iPhone-ified version of Skype’s desktop app, allowing cheap and free calls as well as instant messaging capabilities. You can also call forward, use Skype Voicemail, and generate text messages.
One has to wonder if one of the reasons the Skype iPhone app suddenly made an appearance has anything to do with the fact that one of the major new owners of the company (now that Skype has cast off its eBay shackles) is the Canada Pension Plan. If so, I suggest the CPP invest in Roku, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.