Skype from your mobile phone with iSkoot

I won’t be surprised if Apple sends a cease & desist to the folks who make iSkoot for using an "i" word but I can tell you the program and service works really well.  What iSkoot does is install a program on your supported handheld that works just like Skype on your desktop for the most part.  You can work with your contacts, make and receive Skype calls, all from your mobile phone.  You must have SkypeOut credit to receive Skype calls on your handset but if the call is normally free on Skype it is still free in iSkoot.  There are versions that support Nokia S60 devices, Palm Treos and they recently added BlackBerry support which is what I’ve been testing.


I downloaded and installed iSkoot over-the-air and went straight to work.  I can see my standard contact list and can make Skype calls and chat sessions with anyone on my list.  It looks like and works just like Skype except it is really using the iSkoot servers to route the call to and from the mobile phone.  I called several people and had chat sessions with a few others and the program worked flawlessly.  Everyone I spoke with said it sounded just like a mobile phone call and it sounded great from my end.  Kevin installed iSkoot on a Nokia N80 and we had an iSkoot to iSkoot call which worked perfectly.  This means you can now make VoIP calls with your mobile phone handset without a WiFi hotspot.  It is also a cost-effective way to make international Skype calls from your cell phone.  iSkoot is in beta and is free for now, don’t know if it will stay that way when it goes live.