Update: Wouldn’t you know it!? As soon as I hit publish on this post I saw a story on Read Write Web that Skype released an update today which allows 3G calls and I just tested it on T-Mobile. I can now make Skype calls on my phone from anywhere
So yesterday, following our AT&T fiasco, I got to spend half of the day on the phone dealing with a Comcast issue (intermittent outages) that had been ongoing for 6 days (you know on a service where I’m supposed to have a tech out within 24 hours) which frustrated the crap out of me but was eventually resolved.
Without an internet connection the video show was going to be impossible so I thought I’d Skype in from my phone (Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, T-Mobile, Android 2.2).
If video wasn’t possible, I could at least do audio.
I booted up Skype, found Hodson on the list, hit call and got hit with a popup saying Skype can only be used to make wifi calls in the US.
In all honesty I should have know this was going to happen. The issue had come up before. My beautiful wifehad explained to me, patiently, that T-Mobile didn’t support Skype calls over 3G while I ranted on about how fecking pointless that was and how useless it made the Skype app.
I had forgotten about it, only to be slapped in the face with wet kipper of disappointment when I needed it again.
So once again I find myself wondering what the point of Skype on my phone is if I can’t use it to make Skype calls when I need it? If I can only use it on WiFi then I’m really only going to use it from home, where I have a laptop and a webcam and don’t have to hold the phone to my ear. I can sit back and even see the person I’m talking to.
It’s not like I’m going to go to Starbucks to make a Skype call!
What gives? What’s the point?