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Finland: Skype and Fring September 29, 2006

Posted by Jasper in Uncategorized.

According to Reuters, Niklas Zennstrom, Skype chief executive and co-founder, was quoted as saying to a Finnish newspaper yesterday that Skype won’t be launching a broadly distributable mobile Skype version any time soon. Skype is working on being able to offer the service to the biggest mobile-phone makers and for the Symbian operating system used by Nokia, among others. So for the time being we will have to contend with the windows version (used in mobile units) and Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 Beta.

Well maybe not. A company called Fring provides software for the Symbian operating system which allows you to use Skype on your Nokia handset! The minimum requirements are:

  • An applicable Nokia 3G Symbian handset (See visual list) with 3G network coverage.
  • A dataplan allowing you to surf the Internet from your handset.

UPDATE: iSkoot also unveiled Friday a software download designed to let cell phone users use VoIP services such as Skype and GoogleTalk. It is 100k Java-based thin client application that operates with a network server. It can be downloaded from the iSkoot site. In addition to Nokia, it supports selected Motorola, Palm and Sony Ericsson handsets.



1. bz - October 3, 2006

Note that the fring application is end-to-end VoIP client that transmit packet-based voice from the handset.
iSkoot is a call control application that instructs a network server to place regular PSTN/Cellular calls into the caller and callee taking advantage on pricing arbitrage

2. Jasper - October 3, 2006

Thanks for the clarification.

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