Skype unveils mobile apps at CES

Adriana Lee – writer
Published: January 9, 2009

Some juicy VOIP news at CES.

Skype just introduced its first version for Intel-based mobile internet devices, plus a new lite version (which, notably, is available for T-Mobile's G1).

The new Skype-for-your-mobile software enables free voice and video calls to Skypers all over the world, and offers calls to landlines and mobiles at dirt cheap rates. Users also get IM, group IM, SMS, call forwarding, voicemail and ?presence? (so you can see when contacts are online), plus receive calls from other Skypers or via your personal online number.

Skype Lite works a little differently.  No Wi-Fi or 3G required, so you?re still on a cellular network paying as you would for local calls. But you can reach anyone in your Skype contact list, wherever they are in the world, for the cost of a local call. It's also handy for having your Skype contacts? info on you at all times. (Beware of the IM feature, though. It uses your data plan.)

It's compatible with more than 100 phones from LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson right now, and the app will show up in the Android marketplace soon (probably in a few days). No love for iPhone yet, but there's some buzz that it's in the works.

No sweat, as far as I?m concerned. Truphone has been filling the VOIP gap pretty nicely for us iPhone users so far. And things are getting even better. Hop over here to know why.

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