Skype for iOS 4.9 (iPad screenshot 001)

Microsoft-owned Skype was testing a new Video Messages feature since mid-February, but it wasn’t until mid-June that they opened video messaging to everyone.

Today, the software maker has finally updated Skype for iPhone and iPad with free and unlimited Video Messages, basically short videos Skype users can send to each other, even when offline.

Previously, you could only send 20 free messages up to three-minute long each before being prompted to sign up for a $4.99 premium Skype account…

Other changes in the new Skype version 4.9 apps include audio and video call stability improvements, more reliable photo sharing, improved accessibility for video messaging and general fixes and improvements.

I sincerely hope they’re serious about “audio and video call stability improvements” because Skype calls lately are prone to quality issues, often dropping mid-call. It’s almost as if Microsoft is randomly hanging up Skype calls to push us gently toward paid tiers.

Skype for iOS 4.9 (iPhone screenshot 001)Skype for iOS 4.9 (iPhone screenshot 002)

Here’s a nice Skype Video Messages promo.

Skype for iPhone iPhone and iPad iPad can be downloaded free from the App Store. You can also grab a free Skype update for Android or BlackBerry devices, in addition to Skype for Windows desktop and Windows 8 devices

Speaking of which, isn’t it high time Microsoft merged the two builds into a single universal binary?

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    • Falk M.

      Finally someone to look up to again.
      I salute you good Sir!
      What would I have done without you?
      NOBODY these days comments without someone making the first comment. Yes, nobody!

      • Kurt

        He’s a cool dude for sure!

      • Name

        Thanks, much appreciated

  • Sigurd Boe

    Didn’t fix the iOS 7 crashes.
    But they probably have internal builds that fixes this, but if its built on the iOS 7 SDK, they cant release it before iOS 7 is public.

    • gunther80

      Yeah, still crashes IOS 7… 🙁

  • Himanshu Oberoi

    But In My jailbroken iPhone its Coming that this issue of skype is not available on modified iPhone

    • felixtaf

      Use Xcon from cydia to block jailbreak detection in apps…

    • Kurt

      You will only see that pop up once for each build of Skype and each time you jailbreak.

      • Himanshu Oberoi

        But In Skype Its Still Showing 25 video message whereas I Updated the app and you know this update show unlimited Video Message 🙁

      • Kurt

        haha, you can’t say “but” and then change the topic :p

      • Himanshu Oberoi


  • U Kn0w What 1t 1s

    Yay!! Free and unlimited monitored video and messaging brought to you by the wonderful people at the NSA.

    • Kurt

      If we ever delete a video message, can we contact them and say, “Can I get a copy of that video you have of me on such and such date? Thanks NSA!”

      • U Kn0w What 1t 1s


  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Sky is useless without push notification.

  • misterz

    Does Skype still drain the battery when running in the background? If yes, then they will not gain much iOS traction until they finally start using push notifications. That’s why I stopped using Skype.