EXCLUSIVE: Skype welcomes Apple FaceTime, wants in

Apple has dragged itself kicking and screaming into the new decade with the confirmation that it will be able to do what most phones have been able to do since 2004 in the UK - video calling.

Still that hasn't stopped Skype exclusively confirming to Pocket-lint that it "would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple", when it comes to enabling Skype video calls on the new iPhone 4.

Skype who already offers video calling on the Nokia N900 over 3G would make a perfect partner for the iPhone allowing users to make video calls on the go rather than just at a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Currently Apple has limited the FaceTime video call functionality to only over Wi-Fi - a strange move and one that is unlikely to be popular with businessmen stuck in a hotel hoping to phone home to the wife and kids, or dial into a sex chat.

While Apple claims this will provide a better performance, and in most cases it will, we suspect business folk won't be too happy about having to pay for a second Wi-Fi connection in their hotel room, something that currently, as hardened travellers will know, is the case.

Back to Skype, and our man in the company is straightforward and to the point: 

"It's clear to us at Skype that mobile video will become increasingly important to our customers in the coming year. We would welcome the opportunity to work with Apple to bring mobile video calling not only to our many millions of Skype users on iPhone around the world, but also to the countless more making video calls on desktops, TVs and other connected devices".

No word on when that might happen, but with the company having just released 3G calling in the UK and the US on the current iPhone, is it possible we could see a video option added when the service starts charging in 2011?

Let's also hope that "more devices" reference means other mobile phone OSes like Android and Windows Phone 7.