Nearly 5 million people have downloaded the Skype iPhone 3G application since its launch on Sunday. Reuters reports that the total number of downloads was at nearly 5 million on Wednesday morning, making this one of the fastest-selling applications in the App Store's history. Most of the demand was seen in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.
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Skype plans to start charging for 3G calls between Skype users next year. Pricing is said to be “competitive”, but any charge for Skype-to-Skype calling is bound to anger long-time users of the service. When something has been free for years, getting people to shell out money for it is always a painful endeavour.