Skype today introduced a beta version of its offering for devices running Nokia’s Symbian operating system, which means the company’s base of addressable handsets around the world just got a lot bigger.

Skype continued to expand its mobile footprint today with the release of a beta version of its offering for Symbian S60 3rd Edition phones, a move which could be a step toward Skype becoming the ubiquitous real-time communications platform CEO Josh Silverman envisions for the company. The release supports 17 different models and includes basic features such as free Skype-to-Skype calling, instant messaging, group conversations and the ability to call phones with Skype credits or via subscription.

The Luxembourg-based company — which has emerged from its spinout from eBay and its legal troubles with founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis settled — has been extending its mobile effort over the past year to support Windows Mobile devices, the iPhone and the Nokia N900. Skype Lite, a stripped-down version of the software, is available for a few dozen handsets. Skype said it will build on its Symbian support with the commercial launch of Skype for Symbian next year, giving it better access to the OS that — while slipping — remains the dominant smartphone platform worldwide.

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    I’m calling via Nimbuzz using my SkypeOut for quite a while.
    Anyway, better late then never ;-)

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