Skype Still Thinking Mobile -- for Windows

Just three weeks after Skype development chief Eric Lagier said a Skype version for cell phones was a no-go, the company has signed an agreement with HelloSoft to license its VoIP software to enhance its Windows Mobile client.

Lagier's comments may sound contradictory considering the company already provides software for mobile phones with versions for either Microsoft's PocketPC or Windows Mobile operating systems, however he was likely referring to a general version that would be compatible with a larger section of cellular handset manufacturers.

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Either way, the company continues to move forward with its Windows Mobile version. HelloSoft's technology would be used to enhance the product, giving those users better quality calls.

"HelloSoft products being a low-footprint design are extremely cost-effective and power-efficient," said Krishna Yarlagadda, HelloSoft's President and CEO. "We are excited to be working with Skype to enhance the performance of Skype for Windows Mobile."

The Windows Mobile and Pocket PC clients require either a Wi-Fi or 3G connection to operate. Slower 2.5G connections do not provide sufficient bandwidth to place voice calls, Skype says.

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