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 www.skype.com/m.
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.