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Skype Coming to Mobile Phones Through Hutchison 3

Posted on 16-Feb-2006 10:44 | Filed under: News


Skype and the Hutchison 3 Group have announced an agreement to enable Skype communications on 3G. The companies plan to give users the ability to enjoy Skype anywhere they go, whether at home, in the office or on the move while on Hutchison's 3 networks.

Hutchison views Skype as an attractive value added service, providing customers with more choice and thus further accelerating the uptake of the Hutchison's 3G services.

"With Skype on mobile devices, people can keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues wherever they go. This takes Skype beyond the PC into the mobile world," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "I believe this will accelerate the adoption and use of Skype to new levels."

Hutchison 3 Group expects to be the first to market the Skype-enabled mobile devices. Hutchison is running friendly user trials to optimize the user experience and plans to launch later this year, following its trials, in countries including Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Sweden, the UK and Italy. Trials will be carried out using enabled mobile phones from leading phone manufacturers.

3 Sweden is already offering a Skype bundle with a 3G flat-rate subscription and 3G data card. With a mobile flat-rate data plan from Hutchison 3, users can make unlimited Skype calls.

While the specific models are not disclosed, rumours on the Internet pointed to a Symbian version of Skype being currently under development.

Skype for mobile devices offers a number of features, including Skype-to-Skype and SkypeOut calls, Instant Messaging and group chat, Voicemail and easy contact search.