Rating: Free skype to skype calls!!!…er no!!!
They Say: Slashphone et all are reporting that Skype have released a beta version of Skype for the mobile generation which apparently works with fifty of the most popular Java handsets from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The feature set which is available worldwide includes: Chat, Group Chat, Presence and receiving calls from Skype users via Skypein.
Skype-to-Skype and SkypeOut calls from the mobile handsets are initially supported in seven markets: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
You can download the application OTA or downloaded it to your computer and transferred. Go here to downloaded the beta and to check your handset works.
The reason for the beta version is to get feedback from tech savvy users apparently. The phase is expected to last several mobile before it goes on general release.
Skype have been working closely with mobile operator 3 who have their own 3 Skypephone. Commented Gareth O’Loughlin, general manager, mobile and hardware devices, “among other things, we have a great relationship with 3, the mobile operator, which has brought the mobile Skype experience to eight markets through the 3 Skypephone and a range of other packages and phones. Skype for your mobile will expand the available options even further.”
We say: Ok. So you have Skype on your mobile but you still have to pay the mobile operator for the call!!!!, even if its Skype to Skype!! This to me feels like Skype are running scared, you would have thought they could have gone up against the mobile operators. This must be a short term decision for Skype who must be hoping WiFi handsets flood the market and then they don’t need the operator.