Skype announced on Thursday the availability of a new Skype Mobile beta that is compatible with Android-powered phones and over 100 Java-enabled phones from LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. The new lite version of Skype includes the following Skype features:
- Make Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
- Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups
- Make Skype calls at low rates to people on landlines or mobile phones
- Receive calls to your online personal phone number on Skype
- See when your Skype contacts are online/available to chat
The lite version of Skype uses both airtime minutes and cellular data connection to make/receive calls, update contact list, etc. While that might be less than optimal, it is now available worldwide and can be used to make calls to the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Brazil (Rio and Sao Paolo), Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand. Skype users with compatible mobile phones can go to www.skype.com/m using their phone’s mobile browser or www.skype.com/download/skype/mobile from a computer for additional information and download instructions. Hit the jump for a table of compatible Java-enabled mobile phones.