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It’s official: Skype comes to iPhone tomorrow

After months of waiting, Skype is finally bringing a version their popular voice over IP client to the iPhone. Popular iPhone apps Nimbuzz and Fring have already been out on the platform for a while, but Skype’s upcoming release brings the big daddy of VOIP apps to the device.

CNET has all the details, including several screenshots. Like Skype’s Mac OS X client, the app is optimized for the iPhone’s user interface paradigm — so users of Skype for Windows will need to adjust to the interface. CNET reports that the interface is clean and well-organized, as the screen shots demonstrate.

In order to make and receive calls, you’ll need to be in range of a good wi-fi network. (Chatting still works over 3G, though.) Calls can be made from your iPhone address book, or by direct dialing. iPod touch users can get in on the action, too — they’ll just need headphones with an integrated microphone. While in a call, you can mute, go on hold, or put the call on speakerphone (if you have an iPhone or second-gen iPod touch).

Skype hasn’t included every possible feature in this release — you can’t start a conference call, send SMS, purchase SkypeOut credits, or transfer files, for example. But this is Skype’s initial offering on a new platform, and those features (and more) are sure to be added in future updates.

Watch for Skype for iPhone to appear in the App Store sometime Tuesday.

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