Nokia and Skype have joined forces today to announce the release of Skype for Symbian phones. The app is available now from the Ovi Store for free, allowing users with a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to call other Skype users free of charge over the internet.
Initially, the Skype for Symbian application will be compatible with the following Nokia touchscreen models: Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, NokiaX6, Nokia 5800 Xpress Music 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.
Plans are in the works to bring Skype to Symbian phones from other manufacturers, such as Sony Ericsson too.
“Skype, the king of Internet communications, running on Symbian, the world’s dominant smartphone platform, makes for an explosive combination,” said Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances and GM USA, Symbian Foundation. “With Symbian’s global reach, Skype is that much closer to becoming the ubiquitous real-time communications platform for hundreds of millions of Symbian-based mobile users.”
It’s great news for Nokia owners on unlimited data plans who are looking to save some of their precious minutes, or those looking to make calls from abroad.
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