Skype now says that it will not charge for calls made over 3G networks at all this year. When it released version 2.0.0 of its iPhone app last Saturday the release notes said access would be free until at least until the end of August 2010.
“… (W)e’re offering you free Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G until the end of 2010. After that there’ll be a small monthly fee,” the company said in an e-mail to customers. Carrier charges apply if you don’t have an unlimited plan, which is common internationally and will become the norm in the US on June 7 when AT&T introduces limited tiers and tethering options to new customers and existing customers who want to convert.
Skype customers who pay for unlimited calling plans will presumably also enjoy free calls over 3G for the rest of the year to and from actual phone numbers. But what we paying customers (full disclosure) are really hoping for is not to be hit with even an additional “small monthly fee” if and when it is levied.