After a brief release yesterday (followed by an abrupt removal from the App Store), Skype for iPad is now available.

The iPad-optimized version of the calling service lets you chat and text, including video chat on the iPad 2 using the device's built-in front and rear-facing cameras. The application can be used over WiFi as well as a 3G connection, and can be used to call any other device running Skype such as a computer, television, or phone for free; as well as to make low-cost phone calls to traditional phone numbers.

iPad-optimized features include:

  • Two-way video calling. With Skype video calling available on iPhones, as well as in Skype for Android, Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows, Skype on HDTVs and more – you can connect to over 170 million Skype connected users worldwide**.
  • Instant messaging. You can even instant message during a video call on your iPad, with emoticons to personalize your message.
  • Simple to view contacts. Contacts are now displayed in a grid on Skype for iPad, showing large avatar photos – making it easy to find your contacts and conversations.
  • Easy navigation. Find your recent Skype conversations and history at the touch of a button making searching simple.

Simple SMS texting. An SMS text message can be sent by simply opening a contact and selecting SEND SMS or by opening the dial pad, typing in the number you wish to SMS and then typing your message.

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