Skype for Symbian now available


Skype has now been made available for Nokia smartphones as a free download from Ovi Store.

Skype for Symbian enables Nokia smartphone users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users, save money on calls and texts to phones abroad, send and receive instant messages (IM) to and from individuals or groups and share pictures and videos. They are also able to receive calles to their existing online number, see when Skype contacts are online and available to call and IM and easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book.

Skype for Symbian will run on any Nokia smartphone using Symbian ^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform. Skype will soon introduce this client to Symbian mobile devices from other manufacturers, including Sony Ericsson.

Nokia senior vice president for smartphones Jo Harlow said: “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.”

Skype general manager for mobile Russ Shaw said: “Skype, the king of Internet communications, running on Symbian, the world’s dominant smartphone platform, makes for an explosive combination. With Symbian’s global reach, Skype is that much closer to becoming the ubiquitous real-time communications platform for hundreds of millions of Symbian-based mobile users.”

The initial application is compatible with Nokia models including the N97, N97 mini, X6, 5800 XpressMusic, E72, N96, N95, N95 8GB, N85, N79 and 6220 classic.