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ALPHA: Skype has started Windows Mobile Smartphone developments
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 30.04.05 - 13:22:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10940x
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Skype staff "Tarmo" has posted an announcement into the Skype forum which lets us know, that they have released the first very early alpha version of a Skype client which works on Microsoft Windows Mobile Smartphones.

Right now, it doesn't supports VoIP calls but instant messaging only and for me it looks like a kind of "proof of concept" development only than a real Beta:

Skype for Smartphone BETA:

  • Participate in Skype network - log in, presence
  • Instant messaging
  • Centrally stored contact list support

Things to be aware of:

  • No voice (yet)
  • Network traffic usage - depending on your buddy list network usage can be quite large - up to several megabytes per day even without actively chatting, this is important if you pay per megabyte. There is option automatically disconnect then Skype is in idle and it's switched on by default, feel free to switch it off if you have flat-free rate.


Q: Why not voice?
A: CPU power and network connectivity of currently available phones is not sufficient to enable Skype voice calls

Q: Why such big network traffic consumption?
A: Skype is built on peer-to-peer platform and by nature it requires more communication with other peers than simple server-based messaging. We are working to lower network usage in future versions.

While I'm a big Skype fan I think this (so called) Beta doesn't provides any value to the end user today since it misses the most important Skype feature: Voice over IP (VoIP). Nevertheless, it's appreciated that the folks over at Skype has started the developments. Nevertheless, to get Skype rocking on Smartphones  we need either GPRS flat fees or inbuilt Wi-Fi for Windows Smartphones.

Cheers ~ Arne

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