Skype has taken the wraps off Skype for PocketPC 2.0, enabling Skype users to make voice calls anywhere they can connect to the Internet using Wi-Fi and/or 3G mobile networks. The software is available as a free download, and supports a wide range of PocketPC devices, including HP iPAQ hw6900 series Mobile Messenger (plus hx2400, hx2700, rx3700 and hx4700 series devices); the Dell X3i, X30, X50, X50v, x51 and x51v models; and Fujitsu Siemens Computers Pocket LOOX N520, 718 and 720 models.
“Skype for Pocket PC 2.0 delivers greater flexibility for callers who want to make free calls or chat without the need for a desktop PC,” said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. “Together with our efforts to incorporate Skype into mobile phones, this next generation version of Skype for Pocket PC devices extends the reach of our popular software to an even broader market segment.”
Skype for Pocket PC will also be preloaded on a number of devices including Asus MyPal A636, BenQ P50, E-TEN M600, Dopod 700, i-mate PDA2, PDA2K, JASJAR and Qtek 9000 and 9090. Key features of Skype for PocketPC include the ability to place Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-SkypeOut calls, instant messages, setting “presence,” synchronization of contact lists with a desktop or notebook computer, and voicemail. The software requires Windows Mobile 5.0 or 2003 for Pocket PC and a PocketPC device with at least a 312MHz processor and wireless Internet connection over Wi-Fi or 3G mobile networks.