Nokia is to embed VoIP calling application Skype into upcoming Nokia devices, starting with the Nokia N97.
The deal will see proper integration of Skype within the Nokia N97, allowing users to see when friends are online and make calls by using the standard phone book.
Calls can be made using 3G or Wi-Fi, with free calls to other Skype users and low cost calls to landlines and other mobiles.
Skype chief operating officer Scott Durschlag said: “Collaborating closely with Nokia to preload and integrate our software onto their devices will benefit the many Nokia customers who already use Skype, as it makes Skype easily accessible and simple to use on the go. It will also bring Skype new users who love Nokia´s Symbian S60 experience.”
Nokia Nseries vice president Jose-Luis Martinez said: “With more than 400 million Skype users worldwide, the integration of Skype on Nokia Nseries mobile computers is a significant step in bringing converged internet experiences from the desktop to the world´s most advanced mobile computer.”
The N97 is to begin shipping in June.