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Skype Expands Hosted VoIP Support for Symbian Phones

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December 17, 2010

Skype Expands Hosted VoIP Support for Symbian Phones

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Skype, a global Internet communications company, released an update to its Symbian App, adding support for extra Nokia (News - Alert) mobile phone models.

Skype mentioned in a statement that the upgraded App 'Skype for Symbian' now comes with support to the Nokia N8, C7 and E5 models, increasing to 31 the number of Nokia phones supported by the App.

Skype (News - Alert) maintains that the upgrade enables "crystal clear calls in CD-like audio quality, even when users are on a low-bandwidth connection.”

“The new version of the App also makes it easier for users to add contacts, navigate, add a profile photo, set one's mood message as well as recommend the application to friends who also use Symbian (News - Alert) handsets," said the company official in a statement.

"The update also contains a number of interface improvements, making it easier to add contacts, navigate, add a photo to your profile and set your mood message. Additionally, we've updated the interface to better fit larger screens," added the announcement.

Moreover, the upgrade is said to include SILK, the company’s high quality audio codec, which is believed to help make sure all calls are crystal clear, even when the users’ are on a low-bandwidth connection.

Skype (News - Alert) maintains that it had 124 million average monthly connected users for the three months ended June 30, and users placed 95 billion calling minutes over Skype in the first half of 2010, about 40 percent of which were video. It says the number of its users is growing by the population of Singapore every 12 days and nearly a third of its registered subscribers now use it for business purposes.

Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free.

In October, the Luxembourg-based company launched the new Skype for Windows, which integrated the Facebook (News - Alert) News Feed and Phonebook in Skype, including easier voice and video calling, instant messaging, screen sharing, and file sharing.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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