Nokia’s new N97 handset will be pre-installed with Skype, it has been announced.
The plan to integrate the application into the address book of the phones was revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Having Skype on the phones will enable owners to make VoIP calls and peform instant messaging for free.
Moreover, they will also be able to use Wi-Fi and 3G to receive and make Skype to Skype voice calls as well as with other landlines or mobiles.
The move could prove a significant factor as Nokia gears up to challenge the iPhone’s market supremacy with the N97, which many regard as its flagship phone for 2009.
Earlier this week Sony Ericsson also confirmed that it is planning to feature a Skype panel in its Windows Mobile Xperia1 handset.
However, it is Nokia’s announcement that has grabbed the headlines, capping a successful show for the company which scooped the awards for best mobile internet service and Outstanding Environmental Contribution.
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