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VOIP: Is Skype finally coming to your Wi-Fi enabled Smartphone?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 07.08.06 - 11:37:50 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10039x
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It seems so, according to a Red Herring article from yesterday. According to that article, Skype is expected to announce a version of its service for Windows-based mobile phones as soon as this week in a move that reflects eBay's eagerness to profit from September's multibillion-dollar purchase of the VoIP pioneer.
For owners of dual-mode phones, a major benefit will be that they will be able to choose whether they use Skype over Wi-Fi or over a 3G connection, sources within the company told RedHerring.com.
Such a facility would enable users to create their own do-it-yourself "converged" service. They could connect to their own wireless broadband router at home and use 3G when traveling.

The wireless versions are expected to help Skype's parent, eBay, boost its sales worldwide. eBay could use a lift after reporting slowing sales growth on July 19. The auctioneer has been striving to derive value from Skype since it snapped up the VoIP service in a deal worth up to US$ 4.1 billion (see eBay Acquires Skype).

In May 2005, at the VON Europe show in Sweden, Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom refused to say how soon a mobile Skype phone client would be available. He did, however, hint that the company was working on a Symbian version, too.

At present, Skype offers a client that run on Windows Pocket PC-based devices only. However, the release of a Windows Smartphone 2003 Second Edition client would expand that number considerably, encompassing T-Mobile's MDA, Orange's SPV, and O2's Xda phones. But according to Red Herring, only a Windows Mobile 2003 version is planned yet which could work on Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone anyway.

Nothing official yet from Skype but watch this space for further information.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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