After officially unveiling the Nokia 5230 Nuron for T-Mobile USA, Nokia has made a pretty important announcement: it has partnered with Skype to offer Skype for Symbian through the company’s Ovi Store, making it available to more than 200 million smartphone users around the world.
Skype for Symbian is free and allows Nokia phone users to use it via Wi-Fi, as well as via a mobile data connection (3G is recommended; GPRS and EDGE should also work, although some Skype features work best on 3G only).
Like the other mobile versions of the app, Skype for Symbian features free Skype-to-Skype calling, cheap calls and texts to phone abroad, instant messaging, file transfers and so on.
The list of Skype-compatible Nokia phones is quite long and currently includes more than 20 devices (Symbian ^1 is required):
- Nokia 5530
- Nokia 5320
- Nokia 5800
- Nokia 6210 Navigator
- Nokia 6210
- Nokia 6220
- Nokia E51
- Nokia E63
- Nokia E66
- Nokia E71
- Nokia E72
- Nokia E90
- Nokia N78
- Nokia N79
- Nokia N81
- Nokia N81 8GB
- Nokia N82
- Nokia N85
- Nokia N95 8GB
- Nokia N96
- Nokia N97
- Nokia N97 mini
- Nokia X6
“Symbian enables us to bring smartphones to more and more people and ensures scale for our solutions and compelling services, such as Skype. We’re seeing around 1.5 million downloads a day on Ovi Store now and believe that the Skype client for Nokia smartphones will have wide appeal to Symbian users,” declared Jo Harlow, Senior Vice President for Smartphones, Nokia.
Skype for Symbian will also be available for phones made by other manufacturers than Nokia, including Sony Ericsson.
Via Press release
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