Skype made an important announcement yesterday.
Today, the company released a beta version of Skype for your mobile, a mobile “thin” client that works on about 50 of the most popular Java-enabled mobile phones from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
The beta version of Skype for your mobile is available worldwide with a feature set that includes chat, group chat, presence (seeing when your contacts are online), and receiving calls from Skype users, and through SkypeIn.* Additional features, which include the making of Skype-to-Skype and SkypeOut calls from the mobile handsets, are initially supported in seven markets: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Skype-to-Skype and SkypeOut calls! This new Java-based application is expected to require a phone call (callback) to initiate the calls then use the data connection to keep them going, which will make calls a lot cheaper.
But I am not excited by the news. I had a Palm device for quite some time and Skype still makes no application for the Palm. Now I have a Blackberry and it’s left out too.
“While Skype for your mobile is in beta,” O’Loughlin added, “it is an important time for us to listen to our users’ feedback, be it through surveys or user forums. We need to hear what delights them and where there is still work to be done.”
Listen to this then, O’Loughlin: Skype, go to hell. Competition, do something about it. Quick.