Nokia swallows Skype on tablet deal
N800 model coughs up wireless calls
Nokia has made Skype telephone services available via its N800 internet tablet.
The telephone maker said in a statement issued today that existing Nokia users will be able to download Skype for the N800 model from its website.
Using Skype, N800 customers should be able to make calls where ever there is a wireless internet connection (WiFi).
It added that Skype support for the N800 would be available through the feature upgrade release to its latest operating system 2007 edition.
Speaking about the Nokia deal, Skype mobile business development manager Eric Lagier said: "Our users are no longer just using Skype on their computer desktops.
"With the growth of mobile devices and WiFi, consumers expect to be connected wherever they are, at the office, at home or on the move."
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Excellent. Too bad it doesn't look like it has video. Video sure adds to the experience.
The skype client for the N800 doesn't seem to support Video! I purchased one of these on the promise of skype support and seeing as they've included a video camera for 'internet calling' I think it's reasonable to expect Skype to use it!
Instead I'm stuck with only the proprietary nokia video call client which means I can only call people with Windoze who've installed yet another communications client, Skype is by far the best video conf app out there as it works across multiple platforms and behind whatever kind of horrible hotel NAT & firewall you may come across, Come on Nokia stop giving us half arsed products.
...oh yeah and...
...you can also use Skype through any 3G bluetooth mobile phone.
I don't know why Nokia keeps pushing the wifi angle, most of the time the mobile connection is the most convenient to use as mobile networks have much better coverage than wifi. They're not that expensive to use for data any more if you have an unlimited net access agreement with your network.
The reason why Nokia is going to be pushing Wifi over 3G is mainly to do with reliability, while 3G is ever growing an with HSDPA coming in things are getting better however with the data speeds you can get through Wifi using Skype should normally give you a service comparable to regular phone call, with 3G and when your on the move in particular the fluctuating 3G signal is going to vary the quality of the call you get..
On a side note, not all networks are permitting the use of such applications and are actually blocking the data ports necessary for them to function..