Skype for Symbian Goes Live

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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