For Skype, warming up the leading wireless companies hasn’t been an easy process, and it’s by no means finished. But the VoIP provider has scored a significant victory, landing itself a spot on Nokia phones running the latest version of the Symbian operating system.
Enterprise Mobile Today has the story on Skype’s VoIP deal with Nokia, and when other device makers’ Symbia handsets will be compatible.
Skype, the popular VoIP service, is now coming to Nokia’s Symbian-based phones through an agreement that will see Skype appearing on Nokia’s Ovi mobile downloads store.
Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Skype said the mobile app, Skype for Symbian, will handle VoIP calls over both Wi-Fi and wireless data (GPRS, EDGE and 3G) networks.
Skype Mobile VoIP App for Symbian Goes Beyond Wi-Fi
“You can call, text, IM and everything else whether you’re on a 3G or Wi-Fi connection, so when you’re abroad, just pop in a local SIM card with an unlimited data plan — or find a Wi-Fi zone — and you’ll be able to avoid those pesky roaming charges,” Skype spokesman Peter Parkes wrote in a blog post.
The new Skype for Symbian will work on all Nokia phones that run Symbian ^1, the most recent version of the mobile OS. Parkes also said that the app will be updated “soon” to run on Symbian phones from other manufacturers, such as Sony Ericsson.