O2 and Orange resist Nokia Skype phone

Nokia's plans to integrate Skype functionality into its future Nseries handsets are said to have irritated O2 and Orange to such an extent that the companies might refuse to offer the device when it becomes available this summer. The operators are thought to be increasingly annoyed by Nokia's continued efforts to undermine their revenue streams--this time using Sykpe to provide low-cost mobile calls, and not helped by the recent announcement at MWC of Nokia's apps store service, labelled Ovi Store.

However, Nokia's Skype plans seem to have split the operator base with T-Mobile and 3 supporting the mobile VoIP business model (albeit with initial reluctance by T-Mobile), perhaps helped by the 3G infrastructure agreement struck between the two firms that will save them €2.2 billion ins costs over the next 10 years.

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