Skype and Nokia have announced a Skype application that will run on Nokia phones running on the Symbian platform. This free application will allow users to use Skype over WiFi or a mobile data connection.

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Skype for Symbian will run on any Nokia smartphone using Symbian ^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform. It enables Nokia smartphone users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, send and receive instant messages to and from individuals, share pictures or photos, see when Skype contacts are online, and import names and numbers from the phone’s address book.

Nokia’s Senior Vice President for Smartphones, Jo Harlow said, “Symbian enables us to bring smartphones to more and more people and ensures scale for our solutions and compelling services, such as Skype. We’re seeing around 1.5 million downloads a day on Ovi Store now and believe that the Skype client for Nokia smartphones will have wide appeal to Symbian users.”

Skype’s General Manager for Mobile, Russ Shaw said, “With Skype for Nokia smartphones, more than 200 million smartphone users worldwide will be able to take the Skype features they love with them on the move. Alongside Skype’s relationships with operators and handset manufacturers worldwide, making Skype available direct to consumers will help millions of users keep in contact with the people that are important to them without worrying about the cost, distance or whether they are away from a computer.”

The initial Skype for Symbian application is compatible with the following Nokia touchscreen models: Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator and the Nokia 5320.  

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