Big 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.
Currently slipping under doorways and out through cracks in the wall are shots of the new Nokia 5730 XpressMusic handset.
According to a comprehensive pre-release preview on the Mobile Review website, the mid-market Nokia 5730 will pack a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a two inch QVGA screen (240×320 pixels, 31×42 mm), 3.2 megapixel camera, GPS, EDGE data and Bluetooth v2.0 with support for EDR running on Symbian S60.
Continue reading Nokia 5730 XpressMusic Smartphone: Details Leaked
Nokia’s keenly awaited N97 touchscreen handset looks to have its UK launch date confirmed, with the e-retailer Play.com posting up a pre-order page on their site.
The site lists a release date of March 31st, 2009 for the Nokia N97 with a decidedly upmarket unlocked.sin free price of GBP 479.99 (US$707), with free shipping.
Continue reading Nokia N97 Touchscreen Smartphone Set For March Release?
The latest research from stat-gorging boffins Gartner reveals that no less than 32.2 million smartphones were sold in the second-quarter this year – a figure that represents a fairly hefty 15.7% hike from the same period last year.
However, the company noted sales slowing down in the first half due to the weakening economy, with Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner, observing, “The current economic environment continues to negatively impact the market, limiting consumer spending and replacement purchases in general.”
Continue reading Nokia Retains Crown As King Of Smartphone Vendors
As you may well remember, Nokia brought out the N-Gage games/phone back before 2003, following it up with the N-Gage 1.5, then the second generation N-Gage QD (June 2004). None of them really set the world alight.
After buying Sega’s mobile gaming unit (2003), they finally got around to launching the service that let N-Gage owners buy games online in 2006.
Continue reading N-Gage Now For Your N-Phone
Currently enjoying a nice big synergistic hug and dreaming of a fast-filling cash trough are Nokia and Sony BMG, who have back-slapped themselves silly after striking a deal over the “Comes With Music” service.
The deal will give punters with brand spanking new compatible phones a year’s worth of free access to the Sony BMG music catalogue, with pop-pickers (© Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman) able to download tracks to both their mobile device and computer via the Nokia Music Store.
Continue reading Sony BMG Signs Up To Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ Unlimited Download Service
Nokia knock out two new phones. We try to get excited.
The Nokia 5320 comes in a classic candy-bar form factor and serves up the rather gimmicky Say and Play feature. This lets punters bellow a song or name of an artist into their phone, and the software will dutifully serve it up.
There’s certainly no shortage of more useful features on board though, with the 3G phone offering a ‘full Internet browser for Web 2.0 access,’ dedicated XpressMusic keys, an audio chip for advanced sound quality, a handy 3.5mm audio jack, a 2.0 Megapixel camera with flash, HS-USB and microSD card support for up to 8GB.
Continue reading Nokia 5320 And 5220 Handsets Released
Bus journeys could be set to get even more annoying with the launch of the BeatEd, a simple drum sequencer/ machine for Symbian S60 smartphones.
The application offers an easy to use beat editor and the ability to change tempo and volume while playing, so you could really wind up granny on the Number 43 bus.
Continue reading BeatEd Mobile Drum Machine For S60 Smartphones: For Free!
PLEASE NOTE:We don’t have the phone number for the Nokia Store – Sorry
Last week saw the opening of the Nokia Flagship Store in Regent Street, London.
It’s their first in the UK and eighth in the world, all following on from the December 2005 opening of their first in Moscow.
The pre-opening night party was crammed with all sorts of funky music types, mobile world people and journos swigging the plentiful champagne and yummy nibbles.
Continue reading Nokia Store Regent Street, London: Opening
Nokia, the undisputed heavyweight mobile phone-shifters of the world have announced three more multimedia phone models at the mobile industry’s annual knees-up in Barcelona, the Mobile World Congress 2008. Continue reading Nokia Adds N78, 6210 Navigator And 6220 Classic Phones