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INTEGRATION: i-mate & Skype form global partnership
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 10.02.05 - 16:46:16 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8287x
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Today, i-mate, industry innovators of wireless device solutions, and Skype Technologies, S.A., the Global Internet Telephony Company, officially announced the first wireless mobile handsets preloaded with Skype software.

Newly manufactured i-mate PDA2K and i-mate PDA2 handsets will be produced with Skype's award-winning software preloaded, enabling i-mate owners to use Skype immediately on start-up of their device. Both handsets are dual mode GSM/GPRS Wifi handsets that, with Skype included, allow users to make free, superior quality voice calls wherever they are worldwide. Skype software will also be installed on new i-mate JAMs.

i-mate, an exhibitor at the 3GSM World Congress, will host a press and industry briefing on its agreement with Skype at a function aboard the i-mate corporate yacht in Cannes on the evening of 14 February, 2005.

i-mate's founder and chief executive, Jim Morrison, commented: "In line with our continuing commitment to provide customers with the value added benefits they require, this partnership with Skype is a natural way for i-mate to deliver to its customers a fully functional global VoIP service. As i-mate grows across the world we are dedicated to meeting our customers' needs in providing them with only the best available services, Skype, we believe, is one of those."

"Skype is committed to working with like-minded companies to innovate and expand platform choice and communications mobility for all our users," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "Our partnership with i-mate is a step forward for offering Skype on a variety of wireless-enabled devices."

The VoIP market is growing rapidly, as individuals and enterprises demand new communication options at reduced prices. i-mate handset owners now have the ability to make voice calls over the Internet through Wireless LAN for a fraction of the cost of a traditional phone call.

i-mate's global headquarters are in Dubai, and it is steadily building on its Middle Eastern market leadership with recent expansion into the UK and Italy, and with plans underway for the US i-mate launch.

i-mate's recently launched devices including, the i-mate SP3, i-mate PDA2k, i-mate SP3i and i-mate JAM have received rave consumer and trade reviews.

If you attend the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, you can see an i-mate/Skype demo at the i-mate booth, hall 2, stand D43.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by Jason on 11.02.05 - 01:10:21

Wow , really cool, i-mate is on the right track... Arne when are you going to sell PDA2k? i would like to buy this unit from you, since i have found you site very helpful and i feel like i owe you that.

Posted by Scott on 11.02.05 - 08:11:54

PDA2? Could that be the = XDAIIi ?  Sign me up if it is!

Posted by Arne Hess on 11.02.05 - 11:05:12

[1] Thanks Jason and realy appreciated! But so far I don't have any plans to carry the PDA2K since - honestly - I don't believe into the concept that much. Most people I have spoken with, use the thumbkeyboard half that often as they expected when they bought it.
[2] Yeah, good question. I also wondered what it is about when I read the press text above. I have no idea yet what it is... neutral

Posted by nojetlag on 11.02.05 - 19:52:09

Are there already mini SD Wifi cards ? Then a Windows Mobile Version of Skype (not the Pocket PC (deadhorse)) would be a cool thing big_smile Bye Bye to this crazy roaming rates tongue

Posted by rumor on 14.02.05 - 01:58:19

But the i-mate Jam has not WiFi...
Is it true that the new version of the Jam has WiFi?

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