The Dilemma - UPDATED
Update: This article details many third-party tools to enable video calling on the iPhone. This is no longer necessary. Skype has released an update (3.0) which has enabled video calling with the official Skype app on the iPhone. The video function only works for the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th Generation. Users of older models can receive video and transmit audio, but not transmit video. This update also enables support for calls to desktops. Thank you Skype!
You are obviously here because you want to know how to get video on Skype on your iPhone. Well, rest assured you are not the only one asking, "how to get video on Skype on my iPhone". In fact many users have been looking for this feature since the launch of the iPhone 4 and every subsequent update of the Skype software since the iPhone 4 launch.
Unfortunately the feature has yet to appear in the official Skype software and there is no ETA, announcement or even recognition from Skype. While Skype is a good company they are particularly well know for their slow response to updating iPhone features (remember when everyone was waiting for 3G support?) and this is why many users have began to lose hope.
Fring, a third-party chat application with Skype support briefly added support for Skype video calls within their application. However, this did not last long and the application quickly disabled the feature and stated that Skype pulled the plug. Skype claims that Fring abused their API and could not handle the feature on their app. So where does this leave the user? In limbo.
There is no official Skype support, there is currently no jailbroken app for Skype video calls and there is no other third-party app now that Fring has shut down the Skype video calling support. Literally, the only solution on the iPhone is to find alternative apps which enable video chat, albeit not over the Skype protocol. So we present to you several apps which will do just that.