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    Cool Skype app - First impressions

    Ok, now the most awaited Skype app is released! Everyone is grabbing it from the AppStore and checking it out.

    For me, the app kept crashing... I'm on firmware 2.2


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    Quote Originally Posted by jashsayani View Post
    Ok, now the most awaited Skype app is released! Everyone is grabbing it from the AppStore and checking it out.

    For me, the app kept crashing... I'm on firmware 2.2


    Share your first impressions here...
    You probably have Cydia installed anlog with apps that use "Mobile Substrate" like Winterboard atc. You have to upgrade it to 0.9.2803-1 or newer to make Skype work. Goto Cydia on the iPhone and run the update.
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    Does not work with bluetooth headset. How to merge calls?

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    works fine for me.. as i read somewhere it works under 3.0 over 3G...someone needs to hack this for 2.2 so we can use it over 3G

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    Quote Originally Posted by goudok View Post
    works fine for me.. as i read somewhere it works under 3.0 over 3G...someone needs to hack this for 2.2 so we can use it over 3G
    I tried to add the "com.skype.skype" to the jailbreak app VoipOver3G to try to get it working over 3G, but it didn't work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_in_2k View Post
    I tried to add the "com.skype.skype" to the jailbreak app VoipOver3G to try to get it working over 3G, but it didn't work.
    It is not that easy. I'd guess it we will see it going the other way round: Apple is probably closing this "feature" in one of the next 3.0 betas.
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    update...someone on the tuaw forums said that they got it working under 3g with some these settings
    requires jailbreak/Cydia & renaming VoIPover3G.plist) Pic: Twitpic - Share photos on Twitter
    can anyone confirm and/or write up a tuotrial on how to do this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goudok View Post
    update...someone on the tuaw forums said that they got it working under 3g with some these settings
    requires jailbreak/Cydia & renaming VoIPover3G.plist) Pic: Twitpic - Share photos on Twitter
    can anyone confirm and/or write up a tuotrial on how to do this...
    Just found this:

    Quick Fact: The voipover3g string for Skype is: com.skype.skype -All lowercase

    Now the bad news. It seems that all jailbroken phones do not play well with the Skype app. I had problems getting it to work at all, the app would crash when you try to use the keyboard to login to the app. I later found out, through trial and error, the culprit for keyboard crashing is Custom Winterboard Keyboard Click Sounds and Clippy. Getting rid of the keyboard custom clicks (tock.aiff) seems to work with regular themes. Using SBSettings Clippy toggle to switch it off seemed to do the trick also.

    That problem, while small and fixable, is not the biggest problem. Skype seems to freeze within 30-50 seconds while in the app - no matter what you do (calling, idling, chatting, etc). I went into safe mode using SBSettings and tried out Skype - to my surprise, everything worked perfectly - I used it to talk to my friend for about 20-30 minutes. I decided to do a little bit more troubleshooting - deleting mobile substrates one by one to see if it helped or not, and then deleting them all. Nothing seemed to work, the app would still crash within one minute.

    I decided to run SysInfoPro and compare running processes (non-mobile substrate) between safe mode and regular mode. They both had the exact processes running at the same time.

    Although I didn’t delve much deeper into the problem (could have tried using Top and system logs), I have come to a conclusion that Skype crashes ONLY on jailbroken iPhones. I had a couple friends try it on their newly restored iPhones, and they worked flawlessly. Other people from multiple forums have also said it crashes non-stop for them (their iPhones also jailbroken):

    “I managed to download skype and tested myself. It is buggy and all the symptoms the same as described by ranova. I have tried it on a 1G phone newly updated to 2.2.1 jailbroken. The only apps I have installed is sbsettings, ierase, nimbuzz, and skype. It still crashes after 30sec or so. It has got to be the phone that is jailbroken. I have nothing on my phone other than what you get after you jailbreak.” - duceduc

    “2.2.1 jailbroken 3g here. It crashes after 30 - 60 seconds.” - jgsx

    “Confirmed - Crashes like every minute.” - Zazox

    Let’s hope this isn’t an attempt from Apple or Skype to cause apps to crash only on jailbroken phones (to deter the use of voipover3g). [end conspiracy theories]
    Update: Saurik has just updated regarding reasons behind the crashes:

    “Skype seems to be using some kind of /awesome/ DRM that involves them having an entire replacement binary somehow inside of it: the one on disk doesn’t link against /anything/ ;P. Whatever its doing, though, involves stressing dyld in some weird way.

    Interestingly enough, its not anything MobileSubstrate does to the code: its just it existing in the process before it loads its replacement. (Which is extra weird, as the new MobileSubstrate links against almost nothing: just CoreFoundation.)”

    So what we know so far:

    * If Skype crashes when trying to input text: Disable both clippy (Use SBSettings toggle) and any custom Winterboard sounds relating to the keyboard tick (tock.aiff).
    * If Skype crashes within 1 minute of having the app open: We have to wait for a mobile substrate update. It works on non-jailbroken phones just fine and runs on jailbroken phones ONLY if you are in safe mode. Edit: temporary mobile substrate update is available in cydia - this update will disabled mobile substrates from running in Skype, fixing crashes - so no voipover3g, backgrounder, etc for now.

    Temporary fix that allows mobile substrates extensions (voipover3g, backgrounder, winterboard) to run, from Autotrade at Engadget:

    “For people having crashes (especially the 1 minute thing) use this FIX: I had to enable in Intelliscreen, Performance, App Boost ON and select the apps below (in my case I set Backgrounder and VoipOver3G both to ON). That fixed it, no more crashes at all, tested this on 2 iPhones.”

    Well there you have it - it’s now a waiting game if you do not want to uninstall Mobile Substrate or try the intelliscreen temporary (or permanant if you use IS) fix. Skype on the iPhone is amazing - sound quality sounds better than regular cell calls. I briefly tested it on T-mobile’s EDGE network (using voipover3g) and for the 30 seconds that it lasted, there was no noticable lag and quality was great! I look forward in using Skype as a regular voIP app. Thanks for all the comments and thank you saurik for looking into this.

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    i have a jailbroken iphone.. just have pdanet thats it.. and my skype doesnt crash at all whats so ever

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    I have a 3G iPhone with 2.2.1 installed and I can now make calls using 3G and wifi.

    1. Install Skype.
    2. Install Intelliscreen. (needs to be a version with App Launch Boost, I'm using v2.32)
    3. Install VoIPover3G.
    4. Install Backgrounder (if you want Skype to receive calls while running in the background, add Skype to the Backgrounder list)
    5. Upgrade Mobile Substrates from Cydia.
    6. Open “/Library/MobileSubstrate/DynamicLibraries/VoIPover3G.plist”
    7. Add "com.skype.skype" to the plist (make sure you use the brackets and add a comma after "com.apple.MobileStore") and save.
    8. Replace the VoIPover3G.plist in “/Library/MobileSubstrate/DynamicLibraries/VoIPover3G.plist” with the one you just saved.
    9. In IntelliScreen, go to Performance and turn on "App Launch Boost" and turn on "Backgrounder" and "VoIPover3G". (make sure you press save)
    10. Start Skype and sign in or sign up for an account. (if Skype crashed after attempting to type, disable Clippy and any Winterboard sounds relating to keyboard).
    11. That's it, you should be able to place calls over 3G!


 

 
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