It’s taken a while, but finally Nokia users can talk for free on their mobile using Skype. iPhone and Windows Mobile users have been able to use Skype for some time, but the new Beta release for Symbian opens up the service to to all those people with Series 60 Third Edition phones.
Skype for Series 60 lets you make free Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G or WiFi. It also lets you call phones with Skype credit, as well as allowing you to receive calls on your online number, send instant messages, share files, take part in group conversations, and more. Thankfully, this version of the app is just as user friendly as its iPhone and WM counterparts thanks to a simple, stripped-down interface that uses bold icons and tabs to make things as clear as possible.
Although it lacks some of the more advanced features of the desktop version of Skype (video calling, Extras, etc.) there’s still enough to tinker around with. For instance, all the Skype emoticons are included, you can change your Mood settings, and there’s a History feature that tracks all of the conversations you’ve been having. There’s even some integration with your phonebook, allowing you to import contacts into Skype on start-up.
If you’ve got a flat rate data plan then Skype is a real must-have piece of kit for your phone. The app has already changed the way we communicate while we’re at home and now Skype is pushing into the mobile market things are going to get even more interesting.