Skype Gets Nokia's Userbase with Skype for Symbian App

With so many smartphones available in the market right now, somehow I could understand why there still many users who would stick with the old and trusty Nokia handsets. At least Nokia is exerting all its effort to make their mobile devices, specifically smarthphones to be at par with other brands.

Nokia’s latest effort to spike interest to its smartphone product line is through the integration of Skype. Both Skype and Nokia are announcing the new Skype for Symbian app which is available for download from the Ovi Store or direct from Skype – for free.

With Skype on Nokia phones running Symbian S^1, which is actually the latest version of this Nokia mobile platform, you can do the following:

  • make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • save money on calls and texts with our low rates
  • send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
  • share pictures, videos and other files
  • receive calls to your online number
  • see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
  • easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

In other words, you can practically use all the features that you would normally enjoy from the desktop Skype software.

And in case you’re interested to know whether you Nokia smartphone supports Skype for Symbian, take a look at this long list of Nokia devices:

Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

Now, there are two points that make this news interesting. One is the fact that this expands Skype’s userbase if in case all those Nokia users would download and use the app. And the other is the fact that this would somehow diminsh the usual habit of making cellular calls using the traditional way.

So, are you going to use Skype on your Nokia smartphone? If you do, please share with us your experience as I’m pretty sure the three of us here in Rotorblog (Me, Maris and Andrew) won’t be able to experience this.