The Skype app will work over WiFi or over a mobile data connection and is available to download for free. The app will run on any device running the latest version of Symbian (Symbian^1) – see below for a full list of compatible devices.
The app is a fully featured Skype client, giving users the ability to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, send and receive instant messages and share files such as pictures and video.
Users will also be able to receive calls (to an existing Skype number) and see when other Skype users are online.
Contacts are catered for too, with an easy import of phone numbers from the device’s address book directly into the app.
Speaking about the launch, Nokia’s SVP for smartphones, Jo Harlow said
“Symbian is enabling us to bring smartphones to more and more people and ensures scale for our solutions and compelling services, such as Skype. We’re seeing around 1.5 million downloads a day through Ovi Store now and believe that the Skype client for Nokia smartphones increases the amount of downloads further.”
Russ Shaw, General Manager, Mobile at Skype said
“With Skype for Nokia smartphones, more than 200 million smartphone users worldwide** will be able to take the Skype features they love with them on the move. Alongside Skype’s relationships with operators and handset manufacturers worldwide, making Skype available direct to consumers will help millions of users keep in contact with the people that are important to them without worrying about the cost, distance or whether they are away from a computer.”
The initial Skype for Symbian application is compatible with the following Nokia models: Nokia E71, Nokia N96, Nokia N85, Nokia 5320, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia N78, Nokia N79, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia N82, Nokia E51, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia E90, Nokia E72, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5530.
Head over to the Ovi Store now to download the app. Let us know what you think in the comments below.