STFU: I have Skype on my iPhone

I’m interested: do I have this today simply because I happen – for the next few hours – to be physically in the United States of America, and so my IP address passed the iTunes store check and let me have it? I’ve been hearing that back home no-one can get hold of this little beauty. Muahahaha!

Of course, it’s a dirty little secret that Apple refuses to allow developers to see the comments of users for any country except the one the developer is currently standing in – so those hundreds of comments per-app that the developer seems to ignore, in your home country?

Yes, they are ignoring them, because Apple refuses to let the developer read them. Oh, how amusing.

Anyway, I just wanted to gloat over my posession of the free Skype app. I wonder if there’s some way I can start sharing it with people in the UK when I get home, phone-to-phone, without jailbreaking? Assuming, of course, that it really isn’t available in the UK iTunes Store (which I don’t entirely believe – why *not* make it available? After all, Skype is a European company in the first place…)

I can’t test over 3G/EDGE/GPRS because Apple has (I believe illegally) locked my iPhone and I can’t use it in USA for cell phone – but it’s working fine over Wifi. Unfortunately, I’m in San Francisco, one of the world’s worst cities for Wifi coverage (more to come on that later), so reception is painful and patchy – but clearly in any decent 1st world internet-connected city this is an awesome chunk of functionality.

5 replies on “STFU: I have Skype on my iPhone”

Is it possible to download the application file directly from the web?
It’s possible with the G1 and the .apk files install automatically which is handy if a particular app isn’t available on the marketplace (Google also segregates apps geographically).

I bought Skype from the UK iTunes store at about 4am UK time on the 31st – I ‘m in Australia using a Telstra iPhone 3G but I still have a UK iTunes account.

I don’t understand why you say you can’t use your iPhone in the US. Have O2 not got a roaming agreement with US networks any more? They did the last time I took an O2 phone to Boston 3 years ago.

They refuse to let me use my international tariff … internationally … and instead quoted costs of more than $2 per SMS and per minute, both for outgoing and incoming calls. When I tried using it briefly, it locked on to a storng AT&T signal but was dumping SMS’s people I know sent me and dumping calls, so I gave up.

(Nb: I tried at different times on different days – only one time in 3 I actully managed to receive SMS’s. Even San Francisco’s infamously poor wifi infrastructure was more reliable than that)

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