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Skype, the Internet telephony business of eBay that is in the process of being sold to private investors for about $2 billion, is going to be making a debut on the forthcoming Nokia N900 device powered by the Finnish company’s Maemo operating system. This should come […]

skype_logoSkype, the Internet telephony business of eBay that is in the process of being sold to private investors for about $2 billion, is going to be making a debut on the forthcoming Nokia N900 device powered by the Finnish company’s Maemo operating system.

This should come as good news for Nokia fans –- whom I affectionately refer to as Nokheads -– who are eagerly awaiting this multitasking phone-puter. Skype launched a version of its client for the Maemo platform in 2007. The Nokia N800 was the only device that supported Skype at the time.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Skype mobile team has confirmed that Skype for the N900 will be available by the end of October in North America and Europe when the N900 ships to the consumers. The software is integrated with the instant messaging software along side other services such as Google Talk. I just got it working on my loaner device that is using alpha-version of the Maemo OS.

Skype, thanks to its 450 million subscribers, is fast becoming a must-have application for any successful mobile platform. It’s among the most-downloaded apps on the iPhone platform. But Skype says it has no plans for launching a version of its software for the Palm Pre.

Related Post:  You can read my review of Nokia N900, where I give it 6 out of 10. And no, I don’t use an iPhone. Instead, the BlackBerry Tour is my device of choice for now.

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  1. Friends of Dave (friendsofdave) ‘s status on Tuesday, 20-Oct-09 23:07:50 UTC – Identi.ca Tuesday, October 20, 2009
  2. Om,

    Skype is integrated to the Contacts app of the N900 out of the box. You can call skype to skype or use skype out.

    1. It is not in the device I have which is currently using alpha-software. Skype is currently working on integrating the software, according to their spokesperson. I am guessing the final shipping N900s are going to include that functionality.

      1. Are you able to update your software in App Manager – Update?

        Skype is integrated out of the box when we got our Nokia N900’s from Maemo Summit. The Nokia N900’s version number is 1.2009.41-10. What’s yours?

        I tried using the Tmo 3G connection to make a Skype phone call and it worked fine. Screenshot: http://twitpic.com/m0zyj

        1. Actually i did and it has been updated. But the official/final build of the device will have it ready to go.

          1. Strange. It was integrated on a very early build I tested over month ago.

  3. Nokheads- I like it :-) Would that be 122 Million Nokheads in the Second Quarter of 2008? That peasant texting away on top of his water buffalo? yup, it’s a Nokia

  4. Late night Brain, err Brian insanity Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    Nokheads?
    For some reason – lack of sleep near Halloween? – I’m thinking of standing next to Teri Garr while trying to bang on a door with my N900 and saying “What Knockers!”
    Or knocwurst.
    Man, I could go for a bear and brat.
    And a production N900.

  5. Nokia N900, a fine ottobre in Europa. E con Skype – The New Blog Times Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    [...] ci sarà infatti al contempo il rilascio di una versione specifica di Skype, che secondo quanto ha riferito a GigaOm un portavoce sarà contemporanea all’uscita del nuovo gioiellino di Nokia. [...]

  6. Markus Göbel’s Tech News Comments Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    And when does the native Skype client for Nokia N97 finally come out? It should be similar to the N900’s.

    There was so much ballyhoo when Skype announced it in February 2009. Germany’s Vodafone and T-Mobile even threated to boycott this device for its announced Skype client which should be deeply integrated in the address book. Now we are 8 months later and Skype’s user forum moderator still says:

    This information is not available yet. There has been some speculation about Q4 2009 but Skype have made no firm date for the release public. You can rest assured though when they do it will be printed in anything where everyone will be read it.

  7. Voice as one service among others « Merkado: Real-world, Go-to-Market Wednesday, October 21, 2009

    [...] ready-to-use Mobile Internet devices, like the iPhone or the Skype-enabled Nokia N900 smartphone  (www.gigaom.com), are only going to accelerate this [...]

  8. Yes, but will it have video support? For me I belive that would be a “killer application”.
    To be able to vide skype anywhere from a phone, how cool is that !!!

  9. Maemo has had Skype for a very very long time.

    So ‘skype is not coming to N900′, it was already there, its just being updated to work on the N900 thats all.

    Maemo has tonnes of useful apps – they just need to be ported to the new version of maemo.

  10. I used to use Skype on my N800, but found that Fring was better as it would also handle various Instant Messaging networks as well as doing Skype.

    It’s a shame that the function in the maemo client, accessible through SIP and google talk, weren’t particularly inter-operable with other similar services. Hopefully the n900 has sufficient computing power to handle skype video.

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