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The Windows Mobile world may have recently lost Skype, but Symbian owners can rejoice as the VoIP app has gone gold. Skype for Symbian is now available in the Ovi Store, and is a full featured client supporting most of Skype’s services.

Nokia N900

Skype may no longer be available for Windows Mobile but the Symbian crowd should take note that the VoIP app has left the beta stage and is now available in the Ovi Store. You can’t make video calls but otherwise Skype for Symbian has all of the features you expect from your VoIP client:

  • make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • share pictures, videos and other files
  • receive calls to your online number
  • see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

It is refreshing to hear that Skype for Symbian can be used over Wi-Fi and 3G connections for maximum usefulness. Phone carriers can be downright paranoid over the use of VoIP over 3G so we’ll have to see how this plays out globally. The app can be downloaded directly or obtained through the Ovi Store. Skype for Symbian will work on the following handsets, per Skype:

Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

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  1. I have to add that whilst it is somewhat quite a regret to see the demise of Skype for the Windows mobile platform, there is still however some good news. Windows mobile users can still enjoy Skype via the chat client IM+ from shapeservices (www.shapeservices.de). I have been a long time user of this utility since i was a Palm user before migrating to Windows Pocket PC and it is THE chat client to have since it carries all the major chat services as well as social network chats like Facebook and Twitter and now it has also got Skype.

  2. The UK mobile network ‘Three’ (www.three.co.uk) has been supplying Nokia handsets for a while now with the Skype application pre-installed. It is the only network in the UK that provides unlimited Skype to Skype calls be it a prepay or contract handset. It has the Nokia E65/E71 pre-installed with Skype for its users. And we know that Nokia uses Symbian so i’m wondering where is the breaking news here that Skype is now launched on Symbian platform?

  3. Skype on 3 has calls routed through their cellular network. This is a native Skype client with both 3G and Wifi support including instant messaging, Skype Out calling, File transfer, easy updating of contacts and balance info. It is much better than the 3rd party options out there except it doesn’t do video calling yet.

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