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Nokia calls up Skype

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skype_logoSkype and Nokia have released a version of the internet telephony software that works exclusively on Symbian handsets. The Skype client for Nokia smartphones is available as a free download from Nokia’s Ovi Store.

A joint statement from both parties said the software would allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi connection or mobile data signal such as GPRS, EDGE or 3G.

“More than 200 million smartphone users worldwide now have Skype at their fingertips,” a spokeswoman told AG.

The Skype for Symbian software allows Nokia smartphone users to:

  • Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, using a phone’s data package
  • Save money on calls and SMS texts to phones abroad
  • Send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • Share pictures, videos and other files
  • Receive calls to their existing online number
  • See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • Easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

The software will run on any Nokia smartphone using Symbian ^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform.

Skype said it would soon introduce this client to Symbian mobile devices from other manufacturers, including Sony Ericsson.

The initial Skype for Symbian application is compatible with the following Nokia models:
N97, N97 mini, X6, 5800 XpressMusic, 5320, 5530, 6210 Navigator, 6220 classic, E51, E63, E66, E71, E72, E90, N78, N79, N81, N81 8Gb, N82, N85, N95, N95 8Gb, N96.