Skype now available for the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet

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Skype is now available on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, bringing Skype conversations anywhere in the world where there is an available wireless internet connection (WiFi).

"Skype is the recognized leader in internet calling, with more than 196 million registered users worldwide. The Nokia N800 gives people easy access to the Internet and it's a natural step that they will want to make Skype calls away from their desktop." said Ari Virtanen, Vice President, Convergence Products, Nokia. "Consumers can now start enjoying the benefits of Skype on the Nokia N800 and experience a free and easy way to stay in touch with friends, family and business colleagues around the world."

Skype for the Nokia N800 will be available for download for existing users. There will also be Skype download links on the latest release of Nokia N800 devices which will be available at retail and on the Skype online store. From coffee shops and public parks to offices to hotels or even on the beach - users will now be able to make Skype calls anywhere they can find a WiFi hotspot. "Skype for the Nokia N800 is another important step in our mobility strategy," said Eric Lagier, Skype's head of business development for Mobile.

"Our users are no longer just using Skype on their computer desktops. With the growth of mobile devices and WiFi, consumers expect to be connected wherever they are, at the office, at home or on the move. Making Skype available on such an innovative, portable device, lets us bring internet conversations to the mobile masses." Today, Skype is enjoyed by over 196 million people worldwide. Users download Skype software to make free voice and video calls and send instant messages over the Internet, between Skype users.

Skype also offers paid-for services which let users make and forward calls to landlines and mobile phones at low per-minute rates. To enhance the Skype user experience, leading manufacturers such as Nokia have developed products that give users the additional flexibility to place and receive Skype calls wherever they are. Support for Skype for the Nokia N800 is available with the feature upgrade release to the latest OS 2007 edition.  The feature upgrade also introduces Adobe® Flash® 9 browser plug-in taking a step forward in web compatibility, support for largercapacity memory cards and considerably enhanced online use-times among other improvements.

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