By Johanne Torres
TMCnet Contributing Editor
Skype and Dell announced on Wednesday that they have joined forces for faster VoIP calls. The companies agreed to ship Skype (News - Alert) software with new Dell (News - Alert) XPS mobile systems, which include the XPS M1210 and XPS M2010.
The new deal calls for Dell to provide its customers with access to Skype's voice and video Internet calling software. According to the deal, Dell will pre-load Skype on the XPS 2010, a mobile entertainment system, which features a 20.1-inch high-definition display with integrated Web cam. The XPS 1210 can also be configured with Skype as part of an optional audio-video communications package also comprised of an integrated rotating Web cam, noise-isolation earbuds and mobile broadband capability.
"As the leading notebook supplier, Dell is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology that provides voice and video connectivity virtually anywhere," said Brett Faulk, worldwide marketing director, consumer notebooks for Dell in a statement. "Teaming with Skype, the trend setter in Internet communications will provide our customers the very best experience when reaching out and staying in touch with friends and family around the world."
Skypers are able to conduct PC-based calls to other Skypers across the world without worrying about the cost or the distance of the call. Unveiled today, the Dell XPS M1210 and M2010 are available immediately worldwide.
"Dell customers will be able to experience the benefits of Skype, optimized for their computing environment. This gives Dell customers a simple way to use the Internet to talk to their friends and family from home, in the office or on-the-go," said Skype North America director of business development Don Albert. "Dell represents a new distribution channel for Skype. New products from Dell will complement the breadth of hardware designed for the convenience of Skype callers."
Skype made news back in March when Tellme Networks launched seven new consumer voice applications built on Tellme for Skype. Consumers that call the applications will be using an entirely IP service, with Skype providing IP transport and Tellme providing the VoiceXML browser to reach the application. These new services are currently live on Tellme's network and can be found by visiting the Skype Developer Zone online.
The new services were created by independent VoiceXML developers participating in the Skype Voice Services Program and built using Tellme Studio, Tellme's VoiceXML developer resource. The Voice Services Program allows developers to build voice applications using Tellme Studio and then submit them to be published to the Skype community.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and Internet Telephony magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit Johanne Torres' columnist page.