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One of the big issues of a “mobile worker”  – and mostly in the case her or she is a freelancer, works for a young start-up or travel internationally  – is to be thrifty whenever the opportunity arises. Skype, the yet well famous VoIP software, was the first to broaden the horizons of mobile workers by giving them the possibility to work from abroad and save a significant amount of money on phone calls…

But Skype continues to innovate. After launching a month ago SkypeLite Beta, a version of its VoIP software which runs on Android Platform and more than 100 Java-Enabled Mobile Phones, Skype has announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that its VoIP software will be pre-loaded and integrated into Nokia devices, starting with the Nokia Nseries.

The Nokia N97 flagship device will be the first to incorporate the Skype experience in the 3rd quarter of 2009, enabling “presence” – seeing when Skype contacts are online – as well as “instant messaging”. Nokia N97 owners around the world will also be able to use 3G and WLAN to easily make and receive free Skype-to-Skype voice calls, in addition to low-cost Skype calls to landlines and mobile devices.

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Let’s just hope that by then, SkypeLite will be able to run in most countries where Skype operates*. If you can’t wait to enjoy from VoIP on your mobile phone, you can always download and use Nimbuzz in the meantime or try any of the other VoIP mobile solutions available yet on the market which are more or less stable (fring, iSkoot, Truphone, Gizmo5…).

For now, I’ll continue to use Nimbuzz when I’m wandering between the gates of the airports…

*today, calling using SkypeLite is only available in Australia, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United States and the UK.

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Who else talked about this news? Cnet, Reuters

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