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    Skype on Symbian

    Why Nokia can't come to an agreement with Skype to make a public Symbian client? Otherwise, I think, Nokia will lose the whole smartphone market because of Windows Mobile support of Skype.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    hi,


    Very good question indeed...

    I would like to hear an answer for any of FN experts and Champs for it..

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    It's on its way - slowly...

    http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/...ries_60_20.php

    http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/...60_Handset.php

    If you read the article in the second link you'll see that latency is a problem unless you are using WiFi.

    This is just my personal opinion but I think that once the client is up to a production standard Nokia would be only too happy to launch some phones that include it - unless they want a lot of money for it, after all, it's free on other platforms.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    http://three.co.uk/xseries/index.omp - this is just one customized phone, but skype application can run basically on any S60 2nd FP2 FP3 3rd phones.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    And it seems to be just callback solution:
    http://forums.cingular.com/cng/board...d=39991#M39991

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    It seems this Skype on 3 effort is really not Skype at all but just some thin client branding - see here:
    http://www.iskoot.com/products_how.htm

    There is currently too much latency for Skype to work properly over 3G data. As mentioned in one of the previous links there is about a 1 second lag on conversations. This is much better on WiFi but it looks like Skype are trying to get the big money from the networks (and on charging SkypeOut rates for people to call your mobile via your skype id!) rather than just provide another free client that will work well over WiFi, with the IM part usable on 3G.

    Skype is quite a big brand but I don't think that powerful. If they get too greedy (and they seem to be) then they'll easily be replaced. I was a bit concerned by this when I saw them bought by eBay.

    10 years from now all voice traffic on phones is going to be some sort of VoIP anyway - there's no room for this sort of solution there. It's just a case of how long before it dies.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    It seems that Apple's iPhone doesn't support VoIP and Skype so Nokia can relax.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    There is http://fring.com/ - a VoIP Gateway solution, that would be more interesting.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    Tried the fring application and it seemed to support Skype VoIP and Googe Talk over 3G and WLAN. Voice quality was good. At least N80 (S60 3rd ed device) was supported.

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    Re: Skype on Symbian

    Hi,

    That was a fantastic find william_j, thanks. I've just spoken to my parents in Spain via Skype (through Fring of course) from my N80 using Wifi - all for free! I expect it won't be too long before we have FringOut and they can start making some well deserved cash out of this, or do they get some of the SkypeOut revenue using the Skype API???

    Whatever the commercial concept it's a great application and the voice quality is good.

    Sorcery

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