Skype Offering Service to iPhone and Blackberry Users

March 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Skype CEO Scott Durchslag, announced today the company is launching its popular Internet phone service to iPhone and blackberry users. Durchslag is set to announce the availability of service to iPhone users on Tuesday at the CTIA annual mobile showcase in Las Vegas. Skype phone service to blackberry users will be available in May. The new Skype mobile service will only work on WiFi for the time being and will not operate over a 3G network.

Apple’s latest iPod Touch device, which is equipped with WiFi, but has no cellular connection, would be a good device for Skype’s new service. Skype is not offering its popular Internet video service to mobile phone users yet, but is considering it.

Skype mobile phone service has been available for some time in other countries, such as the UK, but has been slow going in the United States. Existing carriers are afraid of losing revenue to usurpers like Skype. AT&T has had exclusive rights to calls made from iPhones.

Skype is already available on Windows Mobile, Google’s Android and Nokia phones. The Skype mobile phone service is free to download, offering free calls between Skype users, with a fee charged for calls to land lines.
The Skype service is unique in that it has subscribers. iPhone users can easily use their existing address book contacts for the Skype service.



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