iSkoot’s Mobile Software Now Available Worldwide on Over 200 Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC Handsets
CAMBRIDGE, MA – September 25, 2007 – iSkoot today announced the launch of their new iSkoot v1.1 mobile application for Windows Mobile handsets. The new mobile application supports all Windows Mobile 5 and 6 handsets, bringing its advanced feature set to over 200 additional devices worldwide.
iSkoot v1.1 for Windows Mobile empowers Pocket PC and Smartphone community members to reach out to their business colleagues and contacts all over the world anytime, from anywhere, using Skype on their mobile handset. The iSkoot application offers push-of-a-button inbound and outbound Skype-to-Skype calling capabilities, as well as instantaneous Skype chat with advanced features such as Skype emoticons and chat template options.
iSkoot v1.1 also supports the SkypeOut feature, offering Windows Mobile users a unique way to place international calls to regular phone numbers at inexpensive rates. Users can easily manage their online presence on-the-go and view their contact lists anytime to check the availability of business associates, family and friends.
This newest release from iSkoot supports many of the highest-selling PDA devices in the global marketplace – including the Motorola Q, Samsung Blackjack, T-Mobile Dash, Palm Treo 750 and HTC Wizard – and complements their existing suite of supported platforms, which already includes BlackBerry, Symbian S60, UIQ, Palm and J2ME. Windows Mobile is a leading OS in the global market, offered by 48 device makers and 125 mobile operators in 55 countries. Shipments are expected to surpass 40 million units worldwide by 2010.
“Extending support to the Windows Mobile device line has been a top priority for iSkoot,” said Roy Erez, VP of Business Development, iSkoot. “Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone users demand top-of-the-line capabilities and convenience from their handsets, and we’re excited to offer iSkoot’s mobile Skype solution to further enhance their experience. iSkoot’s newest client empowers Windows Mobile users to manage their availability and enjoy mobile Skype chat and calling with the ease and superior functionality they’ve come to expect from their Pocket PCs and smartphones.”
iSkoot utilizes the existing mobile network infrastructure to route Skype calls through the voice channel. It works without any need for PCs, special hardware, custom phones or WiFi hot spots. Using the iSkoot Mobile client, users on any cellular network have the ability to make Skype-to-Skype calls on their mobile phone at the same cost as making a local call (depending on mobile user’s call plan, normal airtime and data charges may apply), and receive Skype calls at Skype’s call-forwarding rates for mobile numbers.
How iSkoot Works
iSkoot v1.1 for Windows Mobile is now available for free at www.iskoot.com. Windows Mobile users can simply download iSkoot’s thin-client application to their devices, sign in to their Skype account, and start making and receiving calls and chatting with their online Skype contacts. When a user selects a contact to call, the iSkoot solution connects the call to Skype 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 for SkypeOut minutes, just as if the call were made from a PC. When a user receives Skype calls on his or her smartphone, 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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