Skype delivers software for cell phones, Moblin MIDs

— 4:36 PM on January 8, 2009

Have you always wanted to run Skype on your cell phone? Well, now you can—and all you need is a Google Android phone or one of around 100 Java-compatible handsets.

According to Skype, the new "lite" Skype client for cell phones has core features like Skype-to-Skype calls, instant messaging, the ability to call landlines or mobile phones, and the ability to receive calls via a SkypeIn number. Skype says the software doesn't require a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, although there's a catch: Skype calls are apparently treated as regular local or national calls and billed accordingly.

The lite Skype client works on T-Mobile's G1 as well as handsets from LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. You can download it either from this page or by pointing your mobile browser to

In related news, Skype has also unveiled a version of its software for Intel-based mobile Internet devices. Skype says it co-developed the new beta client with Intel specifically for the Linux-based Moblin operating system, and it implemented perks like "fast, smooth kinetic scrolling support" with MID touch-screens in mind. The client also supports goodies like SMS, call forwarding, and voice mail.

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