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Sony Ericsson Brings Skype to Symbian


Posted on June 15th, by Evan Selleck in archive. No Comments

Skype used to be restricted to the PC, but as the mobile revolution continues forth, it expanded to fit the need of millions of customers out there. While Verizon Wireless here in the States has a lock-down on the VoIP service for its own devices, it looks like Sony Ericsson has managed to coerce the big-wigs over at Skype that they should put their service on some Symbian devices. And, sure enough, it’s happening now.

If you’ve got a Symbian-powered Sony Ericsson device, such as the Vivaz Pro, Vivaz, and Satio, then you’re eligible to get the application free on your handset. Yep, that’s right. Free! Which, of course, brings you the ability to make free calls to other Skype users, or make really cheap calls to landlines all over the planet. Additionally, you can send free instant messages to other Skype users, right from the Skype application. Best of all, it works on WiFi and your 3G network.

One word of caution: you’ll want to have something akin to an unlimited data plan, for sure. Using Skype, for both calls and messages, will eat up your data like nobody’s business. So, keep an eye on it. If you’ve got unlimited, or enough that you consider it unlimited, then by all means, use it to your heart’s content.

Press Release:

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skype announced today the availability of Skype on three Sony Ericsson smartphones based on the Symbian platform, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. Users of Sony Ericsson’s flagship smartphones Satio™, Vivaz™ and Vivaz™ pro can now use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (3G, GPRS, EDGE). It can be downloaded now by visiting skype.com/m on a compatible handset, and will also be made available on the Sony Ericsson Play Now™ arena (http://www.playnow-arena.com) later this month.

“Applications for communication and social networking are incredibly popular with mobile users. The opportunity to use a world-class app like Skype, in combination with the excellent applications and capabilities we have already integrated into our Satio™, Vivaz™ and Vivaz™ pro devices, will make up a compelling package to our customers”
Skype for Symbian enables users to:

Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world*
Save money on calls and texts (SMS) to phones abroad.
Send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
Share pictures, videos and other files.
Receive calls to their existing online number
See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
Easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book
Skype for Symbian will run on any Sony Ericsson smartphone using Symbian ^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform.

“Applications for communication and social networking are incredibly popular with mobile users. The opportunity to use a world-class app like Skype, in combination with the excellent applications and capabilities we have already integrated into our Satio™, Vivaz™ and Vivaz™ pro devices, will make up a compelling package to our customers,” said Kristian Tear, Executive Vice President and Head of Sales and Marketing at Sony Ericsson.

Russ Shaw, General Manager, Mobile at Skype said, “We see a huge demand for Skype on mobile. The users want to keep in contact with the people that are important to them without worrying about the cost, distance or whether they are away from a computer. It is our goal to meet this demand and make Skype available on a wide range of mobile devices by entering relationships with operators and handset manufacturers. Just a few weeks ago we have announced Skype for Symbian. Now, we are very pleased to bring it to Sony Ericsson smartphones and enable more people to take the Skype features they love with them on the move.”

Sony Ericsson is the exclusive provider of Symbian smartphones to Skype during CommunicAsia, June 15th – 18th.

* Skype recommends use of an unlimited data plan to avoid incurring additional charges from operators. Users should also be aware that extra charges may apply if they use Skype over a mobile data connection when abroad.