Skype takes VoIP to i-mate handsets

11 Feb 2005

The Luxembourg-based voice-over-IP developer Skype Technologies says that its software will now come pre-installed in PDA pocket PC phones manufactured by Carrier Devices, allowing users to make voice calls over the internet. The handsets feature both GSM/GPRS cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity so that users can make conventional cellular calls via GSM networks, but can also use VoIP for voice calls when within range of a Wi-Fi access point. VoIP allows calls to be made at a fraction of the cost of those over cellular networks. The new phones, which Dubai-based Carrier Devices markets under the i-mate brand, use Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 operating system and will be available via carrier partners in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.