iSkoot Mobile Network Goes GlobalNow the Whole World can Place and Receive Skype Calls from Their Handsets
CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 20, 2006 – iSkoot, the leading service provider for mobile Internet communications solutions, today announced that its iSkoot Mobile Network, a gateway connecting cellular and PC-to-PC networks, is now offering global coverage for over 30 countries worldwide. With the newly deployed iSkoot Mobile Network, people from around the world will be able to place and receive calls with online buddies from their mobile phones without any need for PCs, special hardware, custom phones or Wi-Fi hot spots.
To take advantage of the new global iSkoot Mobile Network, users need only to download a small piece of client software to their mobile phones. The iSkootMobile phone application for Skype Software is now available for free download to your phone at www.iskoot.com.
“We are extremely excited about extending our iSkoot Mobile Network around the world, giving the vast majority of the Skype user base mobility. Our US launch was very successful and there has been strong demand from international users for worldwide support. The Skype phenomenon is global. Skype calls are especially beneficial in making international calls and lowering costs substantially. With this announcement we will be making iSkoot available in over 30 countries with support for many additional countries coming soon. Our goal is to rapidly bring true mobility to people everywhere,” said Roy Erez, Vice President of Business Development, iSkoot.
The iSkoot Mobile Network frees Skype users from their PCs. It provides an on-ramp to the PC-PC network for cell phone users. With iSkootMobile client software on their mobile phones, users can make Skype calls to their online buddies without ever having to use their PC or a broadband connection. Once cell phone users download the iSkoot software to their regular handsets, they will be able to do everything they normally do with Skype at their PCs, but now they can take all of Skype’s functionality with them on their mobile handsets anywhere they go. iSkoot delivers true mobility, even away from Wi-Fi hot spots.
How iSkoot Works
The iSkootMobile phone application for Skype Software is available for free at www.iskoot.com. Users can simply download the small-footprint iSkootMobile phone application to their handsets, log onto their Skype accounts, and start calling and receiving calls from their online buddies on their mobile phones. When a user selects a contact to call, the iSkootMobile software on the handset communicates with iSkoot’s carrier-class server. The server then connects the call using Skype’s Voice over Internet service so that the user only pays for air time on the mobile phone. If the user makes a SkypeOut call, it works the same way, but the user also pays SkypeOut minutes, just as if the call were made from a PC. When a user receives Skype calls on his or her handset, SkypeOut charges also apply.
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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