Skype's temporary iPhone vanishing act

Now you see Skype for iPhone, now you don't. Company says the app was down for a few hours, but the issue is being fixed.

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Updated at 12:30 p.m. PDT with more information.

A week after its initial release in the iTunes App Store, Skype for iPhone has mysteriously disappeared. The vanishing act is temporary, Skype tells us, and began between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

According to a Skype representative,

"The Skype for iPhone app was down for a couple hours, caused by our own submission of a 'hotfix' to simply address some feedback and minor improvements. The release date for the 'hotfix' was incorrectly applied to the current version of the app."

Skype says the issue is being fixed and that the VoIP app for iPhone is in the process of repopulating the App Store. Skype for iPhone is already available again in Europe, Skype says, and will return to global app stores within a few hours at most.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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