FaceTime has been a big step in the right direction towards encouraging the proliferation of video calls, but being constrained to calling other Apple users is a bit limiting. One of the easiest ways we can think of to connect iPhone owners with plenty of other users interested in making and receiving video calls would be to hook them up with the Skype video community. Skype has been teasing about upcoming CES announcements, but we haven’t been sure what to expect from the company. Now, some uncovered Skype tech support documents point at the strong possibility that the company is about to release an iPhone client supporting video calls.
According to the Skype document, “to make video calls with your contacts, you will need an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod touch, 4th generation iPod touch or an iPad.” Unlike Apple’s FaceTime implementation, Skype claims it will allow video calls over a 3G connection, no longer limiting its usefulness to where there’s a WiFi signal.
For Apple hardware without forward-facing cameras, the software will support using just the rear camera. Skype will also auto-detect rotation into landscape mode, adjusting the video feed appropriately.
We’re not sure just how much to read into this, as this iPhone Skype support page is clearly not meant to be live yet, but the header shows both Skype and Verizon logos. Further proof of the imminent arrival of a Verizon iPhone, or just the standard graphic Skype has been using for pages dealing with mobile devices?