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Skype, the global Internet communications company, today reached a new milestone with the number of Skype™ for Pocket PC downloads surpassing five million since April 2004. And for the second year in a row, Skype for Pocket PC has won the Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine’s “Best Software Award 2006” in the Phone and Fax category.
Skype for Pocket PC has been a key element of the company’s mobility strategy, extending Skype use beyond the computer and allowing more people to use Skype anywhere in the world where they have access to broadband Internet, when they want to connect with family, friends and colleagues.
Today, Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 is supported by more than 60 devices from 20 different manufacturers, all of which give consumers the ability to enjoy free, high-quality voice calls anyplace their device can connect to a high-speed Internet connection, via WiFi and 3G networks.
Using a single device for mobile and Skype calls, Skype users can download the software and use it when traveling anywhere in the world to save considerably on roaming charges. Skype mobile users in the U.S. and Canada can also make free SkypeOut™ calls to landlines and other mobile phones in the U.S. and Canada until the end of the year. The most current version of Skype for Pocket PC was released on Oct. 5 and can be downloaded for free at skype.com/download/skype/mobile/.
“Skype for Pocket PC gives our mobile customers the freedom to use Skype while on the go,” said Eric Lagier, head of business development, mobile access and devices. “Skype has made Internet calling a reality for millions of people, and we have brought this same innovation to the mobile market. As we move Skype beyond the PC, our mobile users get the best of both worlds: the simplicity of free calling with the convenience of mobility.”
Skype for Pocket PC 2.1 continues to enhance the Skype user experience and supports an array of devices. Other key features and benefits include:
*Skype calling features: Skype’s main calling features are supported including free Skype to Skype calls, support for SkypeOut, SkypeIn™, voicemail and call forwarding;
*User-friendly look and feel: As easy and familiar as using Skype on a computer, the software includes an enhanced SkypeOut dial pad;
*One-click Skype access: A Skype icon on the device home screen allows users to view and call contacts easily;
*Multi-person chat: Users can have multi-person chat sessions using animated emoticons with colleagues, friends and family, and when mobile users are offline, chat messages will automatically update the next time user logs in;
*Enhanced contact list: Users can now see their contacts avatars and mood messages;
*Profile personalization: Users can take a picture with the camera on their mobile device and immediately update their profile.