February 17, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
Fans of the Skype web communications service might want to start putting aside some of that money they’re saving on free Skype calls to save toward a next-gen Nokia device.
The companies announced a partnership by which Nokia “mobile computer” devices will employ Skype features as part of their package starting in Q3 of this year with Nokia’s N97 flagship device that’ll come with QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen.
You’ll get a heaping of Skype in the N97’s address book, with goodies like “presence” or seeing what Skype contacts of yours are online, and Skype’s instant messaging capability.
Through the N97’s 3G and WLAN networks, you will also be able to save a few nickels calling some of your Skype buddies because you can make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls. You can also use Skype’s low-cost service for landline and mobile calls too.
No Skype video phone calls/messaging noted for the Nokia (the release specifies “voice calls”) like you can do with the service for your computer (or a separate Skype phone), but this seems to be a first step toward that fun stuff.
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