Skype and Nokia have released a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform, which will allow Nokia smartphone users to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G).
The new Skype for Symbian software is available as a free download from the Nokia Ovi Store. It allows smartphone users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world; and send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups.
In addition, the new Skype client allows users to share pictures, videos and other files; receive calls to their existing online number; see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM; and import names and numbers from the phone’s address book.
The Skype client will run on any Nokia smartphone using Symbian ^1 platform. Skype said that it will soon introduce the client to Symbian mobile devices from other manufacturers including Sony Ericsson.
The Skype for Symbian is compatible with the following Nokia touchscreen models, Nokia N97, N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530, Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator and Nokia 5320.
Russ Shaw, general manager of mobile at Skype, said: With Skype for Nokia smartphones, more than 200 million smartphone users worldwide will be able to take the Skype features they love with them on the move.
“Alongside Skype’s relationships with operators and handset manufacturers worldwide, making Skype available direct to consumers will help millions of users keep in contact with the people that are important to them without worrying about the cost, distance or whether they are away from a computer.