Skype Arrives on the Palm OS
EQO Communications has announced immediate availability of EQO Mobile for Skype. This move finally brings the ability for the Palm OS and Treo smartphones to take advantage of Skype Internet telephony for mobile voice communications.
EQO Mobile for Skype lets users make and receive calls, send Instant Messages, and view presence information about their buddies over the Skype network. It is available for free to consumers as a Beta product via the EQO (pronounced "echo") web site.
To get started you need a Skype account, a Palm OS device that can connect to the internet, Windows XP/2000 and a broadband connection. EQO states the Treo 650, 600 and 700w are supported devices.
With this announcement, made at the CTIA Wireless 2006 conference, EQO brings the number of EQO-supported handset models to more than 45, including some of the most popular devices from Nokia, Motorola, Palm, and Sony-Ericsson.
"We've built a platform and a solution that is both flexible and adaptable," said Colin Quon, Founder and CTO of EQO. "This enables us to respond quickly to customer demand in expanding support for new and popular phone models as they hit the streets."
Using a combination of a phone-resident J2ME client and a presence-enabled Voice-over-IP (VoIP) signaling network, the EQO Mobile Internet Phone Service is able to bridge online identity, VoIP calling, and Instant Messaging services to more than 200 million J2ME-capable mobile phone handsets already in use worldwide. With more than 74 million registered users, Skype is the dominant player in Internet calling and Instant Messaging communications services worldwide.
While the company is working with Skype to improve this solution, EQO has built the foundation to extend presence-enabled voice and instant messaging to mobile devices in partnership with other high-profile online communities, instant messaging networks, and wireless carriers.
"Skype is just the tip of the iceberg for EQO," said Ian Andrew Bell, EQO Vice President of Marketing & Alliances. "The hundreds of millions of people associated with online social networks like MySpace and Match.com can enjoy enormous benefit from accessing these communities through wireless devices. We have the technology to deliver it to them."
Thanks to Moaz from Palm Dubai for the tip.
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