iSkoot Puts Skype on Mobile PhonesSkype Certified iSkoot client software connects Skype with Motorola RAZR and Symbian-based mobile phones, more platforms to follow
CAMBRIDGE, MA – January 9, 2007 – iSkoot, the service provider for mobile Internet communications solutions, today announced that the iSkoot client software has been Skype Certified.
This confirms that iSkoot meets Skype’s standards for usability and quality, making it the first third-party mobile client software to be certified by Skype. iSkoot allows mobile phone users to place and receive Skype calls from their handsets, without the need for PCs, special hardware, or WiFi hot spots. Users simply use local rates or minutes from their plans to speak to Skype contacts or use SkypeOut to make inexpensive calls to any phone from their mobiles. This will initially be made available in the US with more markets to follow.
“Skype’s endorsement of iSkoot represents a significant benefit for the 136 million plus Skype users who can now enjoy Skype on their cell phone, without needing PCs, special hardware or WiFi hot spots,” said iSkoot CEO Jacob Guedalia.
“Skype is always looking for ways enrich people’s lives and make our software easier to access and use,” said Eric Lagier, Skype’s Head of Business Development, Mobile. “iSkoot extends our reach while giving more mobility to our users who can now place and receive Skype calls straight from their mobile phones without needing WiFi. Skype’s certification of iSkoot gives our users total confidence that it meets our high standards and is a delight to use.”
Skype’s certification of iSkoot is part of the ongoing business relationship between the two companies. Skype and iSkoot also market the application to handset manufacturers and mobile operators, who could offer their customers service packages that include iSkoot.
Initially, the iSkoot client software supports Motorola RAZR phones and Symbian-based mobile phones, but the two companies will continue to work together and expand Skype to many more mobile platforms. iSkoot is available as a free download from www.iskoot.com.
San Francisco-based iSkoot brings leading internet services like Skype to mobile handsets around the world, delivering rich consumer experiences with minimal impact on operator networks.
iSkoot launched the first and only carrier-grade, carrier-deployed Skype-for-Mobile application in 2006, and now powers the Mobile World Congress award-winning 3 Skypephone currently sold in eight countries on three continents.
iSkoot takes advantage of the voice-optimized circuit-switched network for delivery of voice communications, in keeping with its mission to engineer elegant and operator-friendly solutions to the challenge of bringing resource-intensive internet services to mobile handsets.
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