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Nokia puts Skype on Symbian

Skype will make its group video calling service available to all users, free of charge

Using the power of brand to reach consumers, Nokia on Wednesday hopped into bed with Skype to make the VoIP client available to some 200 million smartphone users worldwide.

The two companies have jointly developed a Skype app for the Symbian platform, making VoIP calls possible over either a wifi or mobile data connection. The app is downloadable for free from the Ovi Store, but should also work on Symbian devices from other manufacturer(s), like Sony Ericsson.

“We’re seeing around 1.5 million downloads a day on Ovi Store now and believe that the Skype client for Nokia smartphones will have wide appeal to Symbian users,” said Jo Harlow, senior vice president for smartphones at Nokia.

Skype should eventually run on any smartphone using Symbian ^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform. But the initial Skype for Symbian application is compatible with: Nokia N97, N97 mini, X6, 5800 XpressMusic, 5530, E72, E71, E90, E63, E66, E51, N96, N95, N95 8Gb, N85, N82, N81, N81 8 Gb, N79, N78, 6220 classic, 6210 Navigator, and 5320.

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2 comments

  1. Abhijit Basu 03/03/2010 @ 5:36 pm

    I use skype modile on my GSM handset “Samsung Omnia Pro GT-B7320” which has a Windows Modile 6.1 Standard OS. My experiance is , when ever this application is running in the device , Handset battary runs out quickly. May be the application tries to access its server on internet via GPRS/3G/WiFi etc. That drains out the handset battary fast. Hope this has been kept in mind in these devices.

  2. iPhone App Developer 04/03/2010 @ 8:00 am

    Nokia and Skype have really done a great thing. But some of the nokia users have complaints about their battery issues. I think its because Skype and wifi both works on the same time and when you connect your VoIP connection then it consume more mobile resources. But no offense its really better than those Java applications of SkyPe. As their are officially launced by SkyPe it self. Hope it will be get better in future.

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