Skype Heading To Nokia Handsets

Skype Heading To Nokia HandsetsBig news for Skype and Nokia … and in turn mobile phone operators.

It’s just announced that Skype will be integrated into Nokia handsets, starting in the 3rd quarter of 2009 with the N97.

As well as allowing Skype calls via 3G and WiFi, Skype to Skype calls will be free (excluding any data charges), we’re also told that “low-cost Skype calls to landlines and mobile devices” will be allowed.

The surprise is that Skype contact details will be integrated into the handsets address book, showing the presence of the Skype user and enabling instant messaging.

Skype has previously had some success getting on to mobile phones, the most significant of which was the deal with 3, but this deal with Nokia is far more significant.

Good for mobile service providers?
As to how the mobile service providers will react to it is quite another matter.

If their subscribers are using data bundles, the operators aren’t going to make any money from calls that are made over their networks, reducing them to providing the plumbing to enable it.

Niklas Zennstrom’s Ran Yacht Wins Cowes

Niklas Zennstrom's Ran Wins CowesWhat do you do if you’ve sold your business for X billion dollars?

Well if you’re Niklas Zennstrom of Skype and Kazza fame, you share a passion with other Tech billionaires, like Oracle’s Larry Ellison – Sailing.

If you’ve got large bundles of cash in your pockets, you don’t just get any old boat and hope that you might do quite well, you invest a ton of wonger and gather yourself a world-class crew.

The boat, a Transpac 52, was commissioned in 2006, designed by Reichel/Pugh, famed Yacht designers and runs under GBR 528R.

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Skype Fess Up To Internal Routing Problem

Skype Fess Up To Internal Routing ProblemQuick follow up on the SkypeIn mis-routing story that we broke a couple of days a go.

Skype have now issued us a statement (don’t rush yourselves will you).

We’re aware of the problem and currently working to fix it. In the meantime, if any customers are experiencing problems, they can contact customer service at sichange@skype.net

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0207 SkypeOut Woes Continue

Skype Bombshell: 0207 SkypeIn Numbers Must ChangeYou’ll remember the outcry when Skype forced many of their 0207 SkypeIn subscribers to change their phone numbers late last year, due to Skype changing their suppliers, following an increase in costs.

Many didn’t take up Skype’s offer to use new SkypeIn numbers, opting instead to transfer their SkypeIn number to another VoIP provider (we changed ours to VoIPFone).

We’re getting reports of problems – and have experienced problems ourselves – of calls being incorrectly routed to Skype accounts when these number are called within Skype.
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