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Skype Puts VoIP on PDAs

Internet telephony provider Skype Technologies has released a final version of its peer-to-peer VoIP software for Wi-Fi enabled Pocket PC devices.

Skype for Pocket PC Version 1.0 is styled as a stripped down version of the Skype desktop service, which allows users to make free phone calls to other Skype users or purchase minutes to call offline phone numbers.

Skype said the PDA version, which had been in beta for several months, works on any PDA running Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC software with a 400 MHz XScale processor and equipped with Wi-Fi .

Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom said the move adds "greater platform and portability options" for users of VoIP services. Skype is currently available for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Pocket PC, Linux and Mac OS.

Skype launched exactly a year ago, offering a P2P spin on net telephony service. It blended instant messaging features with a simplified presence-based phone service via the Internet.

Earlier this year, the company expanded the service with the launch of SkypeOut, which allows calls from computers to regular landline or mobile telephone numbers. SkypeOut lets users purchase credits that are applied to per-minute calling at rates that are typically lower than those for traditional phone service.