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Skype moves further into mobile market
Posted: 11-Jan-2008 [Source: Skype]

[Skype moves to untether its Internet calling software into the mobile market with the introduction of new mobile devices and accessories at CES.]

At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show, Skype announced support for a wide variety of new wireless devices and accessories.

Skype has worked closely with a number of its hardware and software partners to bring Skype functionality to an increasing number of mobile products that use a variety of wireless network connections to access the internet. This includes offering mobile support for Skype's free instant messaging and voice calling among the more than 246 million registered Skype users, as well as its premium features, such as SkypeOut (cheap calls from Skype to traditional landlines or mobile phones anywhere in the world) and SkypeIn (a personal and portable Skype number that people can call you on wherever you are in the world).

Some of the new wireless devices and accessories being demonstrated at the 2008 International CES that make Skype mobile included:

* 3 Skypephone - Introduced together with mobile operator 3, this new affordable mass market 3G wireless handset lets users make Skype-to-Skype calls and send Skype instant messages from their mobile phone to other Skype users no matter where they are. The 3 Skypephone is available in the UK, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Sweden, and will soon be available in Hong Kong.

* Freetalk Wireless Stereo Headset - This new Wireless Stereo Headset, enabled by the new AvneraAudio technology, delivers CD-quality sound and the freedom of hands-free Skype calls at any time. It offers superior range (up to 20 meters) compared to technologies such as Bluetooth, freeing you from your desk to make and receive the full range of Skype calls while moving throughout your home or office.

* Intel-based Mobile Internet Devices - Mobile users will be able to make Skype voice and video calls and send instant messages on the move, while harnessing the PClike performance of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) based on Intel low-power processors and chipsets. This new category of small, truly mobile consumer devices with WiMAX and WiFi capabilities will enable free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls and cheap SkypeOut calls to be made on open wireless networks.

* Nokia N810 Internet Tablet - The Nokia N810 Internet Tablet is a sleek, pocket-sized WiFi device with a slide-out keyboard which frees Skype users from their desktop, allowing Skype-to-Skype conversations and SkypeOut calls to take place in any WiFi connection, including thousands of Boingo Wireless and Earthlink WiFi hotspot locations.

* mylo Communicator - Skype comes pre-installed on Sony's mylo personal communicator, COM-2, so users can call or instant message any other Skype user all over the world for free over an open WiFi connection. Users of the mylo can also make cheap SkypeOut calls and receive SkypeIn calls.

* PSP (PlayStationPortable) handheld entertainment system (PSP-2000 series) - With a simple system software update slated for late January, PSP users worldwide will be able to make free voice calls to other Skype users, see which friends are online and available to talk, and - with the purchase of Skype Credit - make cheap SkypeOut calls and receive SkypeIn calls.


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