Skype for iOS adds unlimited free video messaging


Skype released an updated version of its over-the-top messaging application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, adding support for free, unlimited video messaging.

Skype enables users to record and share videos up to three minutes in length. Messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running the app. Skype first extended video messaging to iOS earlier this month, but at that time it limited users to 20 free videos per month unless they upgraded to a $4.99 Skype Premium subscription.

In addition to video messaging, Skype offers free voice and video calling alongside IM, SMS, photo sharing and file sharing. The application supports both Wi-Fi and 3G. Skype for iOS version 4.9 also touts audio and video call stability improvements, more reliable photo sharing and other fixes.

More than 45 percent of smartphone owners now use some form of instant messaging or over-the-top messaging app in addition to or instead of traditional SMS, according to a survey conducted in late 2012 by Analysys Mason. Also, 20 percent of consumers use a VoIP app, and 20 percent within that segment use it more than conventional voice services. Analysys Mason notes that Skype dominates the VoIP market, with 79 percent of VoIP app users/16 percent of all respondents embracing the service.

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