Just wanted to share a question I asked to Skype support:
I was really excited with the announcement of the iPhone version for Skype earlier this week. But when I tried to get it from the Canadian iTunes Store, it was nowhere to be found! Doing some search over the Internet, it appears Canada is the only country where the iPhone version of Skype is not available.
This is very surprising and I would like to get a better explanation as it is possible to download the Windows Mobile version from your site when in Canada, it is possible to purchase Skype WiFi phones in Canada and Skype works fine on notebooks / netbooks in Canada.
I can only suppose that there is a small delay for this and that Skype will be available shortly to people in Canada. Can you please let me know the reason why it is not yet available as well as when you expect Skype for iPhone to be available to Canadians?
Thank you for your quick answer.
And here is the answer I got back:
Thank you for contacting Skype Support.
We apologize for the inconvenience you’ve experienced while trying to download Skype for iPhone. Unfortunately, the Skype for iPhone application is not available for use in Canada at this time. There is an ambiguous restriction in one of the standards-based technology licenses, and we are looking into it. The issue is not related to Apple, nor is it specific to Skype.
Once again, we apologize for this inconvenience and would like to assure you that we are working on resolving this issue as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy using Skype on your iPhone in the nearest future.
OK, there is hope, but let’s not be in a hurry.
Update (September 9, 2009): Skype for iPhone is now available in Canada! Next step, being able to do calls over 3G 😉