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Skype Pulls iPad App, Saying It Was Released Prematurely

Skype says it has removed a new iPad app from the iTunes Store, saying that the program was posted prematurely.

“To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today,” the company said in a posting on its Twitter account. “We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.”

The program reportedly allowed audio and video calling over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

Reached for comment, a Skype spokesperson told AllThingsD that the app will be re-released in short order, but declined further comment.

It’s the latest in a series of miscues for Skype when it comes to its iPad product. In June, the company posted and then pulled a YouTube video touting the forthcoming tablet version.

Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft.


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