iSkoot Now Supports Java-based Mobile Phones, Enabling Skype Calls from Mass-market Handsets without PCs, Special Hardware or WiFi Hot Spots
CAMBRIDGE, MA – August 28, 2006 – iSkoot, the service provider for mobile Internet communications solutions, today announced that its iSkootMobile solution for mobile-PC calling now supports mass market Java-based phones. The new release enables users of mobile phones based on the Java software platform to place and receive Internet calls through Skype software from their handsets, without the need for PCs, special hardware, or WiFi hot spots.
By supporting the Java platform for mobile phones, the new release of iSkootMobile makes it possible for a wide range of users to be able to use Skype from the most popular phones available. Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) is the most ubiquitous application platform for mobile devices across the globe. It provides a robust, flexible environment for applications running on a broad range of embedded devices, such as mobile phones. According to recent reports, more than 700 million mobile phones are now equipped with the Java application execution environments, making Java the most widely used software platform for mobile phone applications. The new iSkootMobile release complements its initial support for the Symbian mobile platform, which includes the Nokia series 60 handsets. (See below for a complete list of devices supported.)
“iSkoot is dedicated to rolling out the widest possible support for mobile devices, services and platforms. The small footprint of our client software gives us the necessary flexibility to accomplish this. iSkootMobile enables users to take advantage of PC calling using nothing but their everyday mobile phones. With iSkoot’s latest release, Java-based mobile phone users can use Skype anywhere they go with the most popular phones system,” said Roy Erez, VP of Business Development at iSkoot. “This is phase one in iSkoot’s expansion plans. We are committed to provide a broad range of mobile phone users with the broadest access to PC calls. We will continue to extend iSkoot support to many more mobile devices and advanced features.”
The iSkootMobile phone application for Skype Software is now available for free at www.iskoot.com and go.iskoot.com. iSkootMobile is a small piece of free client software for mobile phones that allows users to talk with online buddies over the Internet anywhere. With iSkootMobile, users can take advantage of Internet telephony services without being tethered to their PC. iSkootMobile loads users’ Skype contact lists onto their cell phone display screens, and with just a click of a button, they can call their contacts from anywhere. Users only pay for the air time on their mobile phones. They can also make international calls without paying long distance fees (Internet telephony charges will apply).
Currently, iSkootMobile is available for free download for the following handsets:
– RAZR V3
– SLVR L7
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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