Skype iPhone App Updated, Supports Multitasking, Scraps 3G Service Charge

Skype has updated its iPhone application, making it compatible with iOS 4.

The free communication app, which was originally released back in March of 2009, can now be run in the background thanks to iOS 4 multitasking capabilities. The 2.0.1 update means that not only can calls be made over 3G, but you can also receive Skype calls and instant messages while running any other application.

The application will continue to work and deliver calls even when your device is locked. Skype also detailed that, when in a call, a user can switch out to any other application and the call will continue. Of course, these multitasking changes will only work on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.

Skype also went on to reveal that plans to start charging for 3G calling on the iPhone have now been scrapped. The company originally intended to charge for the functionality in 2011, but due to “some operators starting to move to tiered pricing models,” Skype said these plans are no more.

If you haven’t already, why not download the free 7.8MB application and give someone a call to tell them the good news. It’s good to talk.