Furthering Nokia's aim to integrate its devices with more online services, Nokia and Skype have announced a partnership in which Skype functionality will be integrated into future Nokia devices.
The upcoming Nokia N97 will be the first device to include Skype's presence, VoIP, and IM functionality. This will not be made as a separate application, but be integrated into the built-in address book.
"Collaborating closely with Nokia to pre-load and integrate our software onto their devices will benefit the many Nokia customers who already use Skype, as it makes Skype easily accessible and simple to use on the go. It will also bring Skype new users who love Nokia's Symbian S60 experience," said Scott Durchslag, Skype's CEO.
Today's announcement is big news for Nokia users, as there is no Skype client for Symbian S60.
More about Skype
Skype is a VoIP service which lets users talk to other Skype users for free over Wi-Fi or 3G connections, and also enables low-cost voice calls to landlines. In addition, it offers instant messaging with Skype and other IM services.
Users need to purchase minutes via major credit cards or PayPal in order to make calls to regular phones.
There are also versions of Skype for Windows Mobile and Nokia Internet Tablets, as well as Windows and Mac OS X.
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