Norwegian start-up IPdrum has created a bridging technology that lets cell phone users access Skype to place long-distance calls for the price of a local call. The system enables users to call their own PC from any standard cell phone to launch a Skype call over the Internet. Skype calls can also be received on the cell phone. Calling non-Skype users, however, requires SkypeOut and the usual fees will apply. The technology, named IPdrum Mobile Cable, is set for an August release. The company notes that its offering has not been endorsed by Skype, describing the product as complementary, rather than competitive.
For more on IPdrum's mobile Skype service:
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