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OK, this has to be the coolest news this morning. SHAPE Services, a Stuttgart, Germany-based company, well-known for making mobile IM clients, has just announced Skype for iPhone, an iPhone-optimized Web site that allows you to access Skype via the browser on the iPhone. You can […]

OK, this has to be the coolest news this morning. SHAPE Services, a Stuttgart, Germany-based company, well-known for making mobile IM clients, has just announced Skype for iPhone, an iPhone-optimized Web site that allows you to access Skype via the browser on the iPhone. You can try out this for free for a limited time.

It took me less than two minutes to get up and running. Sending messages was as simple as typing SMS messages. I am guessing that, since they ask you for your mobile number when you log in, there is some kind of call-back service built into the app. After all, the company says you don’t need WiFi.

IM+ for Skype works with BlackBerry RIM, Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Palm OS, Symbian and J2ME devices. The application works in any network and doesn’t require WiFi, the company says.

  1. I hope that when apple releases an sdk, skype will make a true native client. Until then, these are just crappy hacks.

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  2. “I hope that when apple releases an sdk, skype will make a true native client. Until then, these are just crappy hacks”

    Why is this a crappy hack?

    If you’ve been following the iPhone Apple says the SDK is the Safari web browser.

    I actually think it’s very impressive they have this working in a web browser.

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  3. Coolness. I bought the iPhone for my wife.. I use an 8525 Alghthough my phone can do ‘more’, the browser experience on the 8525 is a joke compared to the iPhone. The iPhone coulda been called ” iCandy ” for how gorgeous it looks when you turn it on.. Im still impressed with it.. Cant wait til it can do RDP, then Im buying one.

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  4. i can’t imagine too many blackberry users are utilizing skype outside of novelty interest.

    why would i mess with a voip calling solution (not to mention having to use skype out min) when i can use up all the minutes i need on my company paid employee plan?

    why would i go to skype’s clunky messaging system when i have the lightweight, effective, google talk?

    i guess this might be neat for iphone users, but i don’t see if being to successful on blackberry with so many better and free alternatives.

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  5. Wow! Great news!
    Cant wait for the release, my iPhone just keeps getting cooller by the day :]

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  6. Matt: Yeah the web apps may be cool but there still crap compared against what you could do with real apps. iPhone has got SO much potential that is totally unused with the web solution.

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  7. [...] to a post on GigaOM, a company in Germany has released a web-based Skype application.  Instead of installing a [...]

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  8. Steve Albanese Monday, August 13, 2007

    Native Skype on the iPhone would be cool using WiFi. I see Apple selling the iPhone without a tie to a carrier. Skype on the iPhone or Apple’s version. It’s a coolest iPod, could be a great PDA, and awesome hiptop emailer and web surfer. Carrie optional ;)

    Well there’s my 2cents…
    -s

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  9. [...] [Via GigaOM] Categories: Analysis, skype, iPhone, news, SHAPE Services | Bookmark this post with del.icio.us [...]

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