Skype to charge iPhone users for 3G network calls

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IPhone users should be advised to save their nickels and dimes.

Alongside the announcement that AT&T will cap its data plans — finally bringing its Internet offerings more in line with the guessing game that is the cellphone calling plan — Skype says it intends to charge iPhone users for calls made over AT&T’s 3G network later this year.

Skype said it has no plans to charge Verizon Wireless' smart-phone customers to get the same feature.

Skype has traveled a long road in bringing an application to the iPhone that allows calling over AT&T’s wireless network. AT&T, the nation's second-biggest telecom did not allow voice-over IP transmissions until it changed its policy in October.

For its part, Apple didn’t accept VoIP apps for its online marketplace until this year, and it wasn’t until this week that Apple approved a new version of the Skype app, Skype spokeswoman Jennifer Caukin said.

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