Skype Endorses iSkoot's Mobile Internet Calling

The deal calls for Skype to certify iSkoot's solution in which callers can place and receive Skype calls over their handsets.

"Skype users will enjoy the benefits of Skype on their cell phone," said Jacob Guedalia, iSkoot chief executive officer, in a statement. "In addition to text messaging, they will be able to place and receive Skype calls from their mobile phones to and from their online contacts."

The service is available on Java-based phones like those offered by Cingular Wireless The service doesn't work with providers using Qualcomm's BREW-based phones, however.

Guedalia maintains that iSkoot will actually be a boon to service providers rather than cutting into the calling minutes of mobile phone service providers.

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"This agreement benefits everyone," Guedalia said, "from handset manufacturers and carriers to the tens of millions of Skype users worldwide. By connecting cell and smart phones to Skype, iSkoot software allows handset vendors and mobile operators to gain new PC calling minutes and increase ARPU (average revenue per user.)"