Skype launches mobile app for 50 handsets

Not surprisingly, having its Carterphone petition called for dismissal by the FCC chairman is not slowing Skype's ambition in the mobile market: Skype is now offering a beta client of its VoIP calling software for some 50 handsets. The client will include Skype to Skype calling, SkypeIn, Skype out, Group chat and presence. The company is launching the service in eight initial markets--one of which is the U.K. The U.S., Australia, France and Germany, however, have been excluded from the beta launch so far.

"These are still the early days for making Skype calls on mobile phones, but we've already made great strides in this space," said Gareth O'Loughlin, GM of mobile and hardware devices at Skype.

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