Skype signs Symbian deal with SE


Skype has said that its VoiP service will now be available on three Sony Ericsson smartphones built on the Symbian operating system.

Users of Sony Ericsson’s Satio, Vivaz and Vivaz pro handsets can now use Skype on the move, either over a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection. The software can be downloaded from the Skype website and will be available from Sony Ericsson’s PlayNow arena in the coming weeks.

Skype said its Symbian service will run on any Sony Ericsson smartphone using the latest version of the Symbian platform, ^1. Skype said its Symbian service offers mobile users a number of advantages, including free Skype-to-Skype calls around the world, file sharing and instant messaging.

Skype’s general manager for mobile Russ Shaw 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 executive vice president and head of sales and marketing Kristian Tear said: “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.”