Skype coming to Nokia Phones: War of the Free VOIP
I’ve always wanted Skype on my e71 Nokia phone and have never found it ever since. I’ve then used alternatives like Fring and Nimbuzz, which integrated a number of messenger services like Yahoo messenger, MSN messenger, Skype, etc. and other apps like Gmail alerts and Facebook. But now Skype is finally coming to Nokia Phones (news from MobileCrunch). It’s going to be released on Quarter 3 of 2009, for the Nokia n97.
Having a Full version of Skype in a Nokia Handset will definitely change the way we do our phone calls, I’ve spent countless amount of cash on Long distance calls before and I could’ve saved so much if Skype were around (to virtually zero, well except the internet bills). But can Skype compete with the early settlers like Fring and Nimbuzz? I believe so, most people know skype as a way to make free calls using the Internet and with this partnership and raising awareness to newbie users on mobile, it might just give them the upper hand. However, Fring and Nimbuzz could still dominate the market if they were able to provide Voice chatting on other platforms such as Yahoo messenger etc.
It will be very interesting to see where this all leads to, but whatever it is, it benefits us all. The war just makes things cheaper and more affordable for everyone to use.