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Skype and the Nokia N800 Tablet

July 11, 2007 in Mobile Phone Software

eBay’s $1.3 billion dollar investment, known in some circles as Skype, is now available for download on the N800.

Skype is now available for the Nokia N800 tablet.

Skype for the Nokia N800 = More Users = More Money for eBay!

The popular VoIP software (with over 196 million people served, according to the press release bragging) is also included in the latest version of Nokia’s Tablet OS 2007 edition.

Previously, Nokia N800 users only had Google Talk and Gizmo to work with, but no longer!

If you’ve never heard of Skype, or any of the VoIP alternatives, it’s a software application that allows you to make free calls to Other Skype Users. However, calling landlines (whether domestic USA or international) incurs a per-minute fee depending on where you’re calling.

You can get pretty cheap unlimited calling to residents of the USA with Skype Unlimited, available for a set fee of $29.95 per YEAR. Note that with this plan you don’t get a local phone number – if you want that, add another $60 bucks per year.

One of the features that eBay/Skype is trying to promote is Skype Prime, which connects customers looking for advice or services and providers. For example, you could charge $1 a minute to teach English to a fellow Skype member and make some side cash, after eBay/Paypal steals a certain percentage of your earnings. Miss Cleo would certainly have a field day with this.

So eBay’s hoping that tons of people (including a new batch of potential customers aka N800 users) will start using the service generating tons of cash so higher-ups can forget about the company’s other problem: slowing growth on the auction site.

Of course it’s still too early to tell if the service is working, considering Skype Prime is still in Beta and probably will be for a good long time.

Skype on the Nokia N800 tablet.



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