Updated: Skype confirms, wants FaceTime with Apple's iPhone 4 video calling

Gadget site Pocket-lint confirms with an unnamed source within Skype that the company would more than welcome an opportunity to make its already popular chatting software compatible with Apple's new, open standard, FaceTime video calling technology and the iPhone 4.

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Update: I was contacted by a Skype spokesperson that clarified the statements made in the story on Pocket-lint. The spokesman stated:

"Skype is the market leader and champion of video calling for consumers and it's clear to us that mobile video will become increasingly important to our customers in the coming year. We are glad to see that Apple recognizes the value and potential of mobile video.

However, just to be clear, we are not considering FaceTime as a technological platform for video calling in our own products. Based on Apple's statement about FaceTime being an open platform, we are looking forward to see how this process unfolds. We look forward to working with Apple to bring the best possible mobile video calling experience not only to the millions of Skype users on the iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices."

Original Article:
Gadget site Pocket-lint confirms with an unnamed source within Skype that the company would more than welcome an opportunity to make their already popular chatting software compatible with Apple's new, open-standard, FaceTime video calling technology and the iPhone 4.

Pocket-lint's source says, "We would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to bring mobile video calling not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices."

Clearly the ability to video call from Skype-enabled computers to iPhone 4 (and vice versa) would certainly be advantageous to all users involved. This would also make the FaceTime functionality on iPhone 4, which is currently restricted to Wi-Fi, seem much more robust.

There is no official date mentioned for when Skype may be able to make its software FaceTime-compatible, but one would imagine that they are surely looking in to it as quickly as possible. Do you think Skype should pursue adding FaceTime to its software, or is it not worth it? Let us know in the comments!

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