Mobile phone giant Nokia has announced that customers with its N800 Internet Tablet will now be able to make calls using Skype.
This will allow users to make voice over internet protocol (Voip) calls over the internet wherever there is an available wireless internet connection.
Existing customers can download the internet calling software and there will also be Skype download links on the latest release of Nokia N800 devices.
Nokia’s Ari Virtanen said: ‘Skype is the recognised leader in internet calling, with more than 196 million registered users worldwide. The Nokia N800 gives people easy access to the internet and it’s a natural step that they will want to make Skype calls away from their desktop.
‘Consumers can now start enjoying the benefits of Skype on the Nokia N800 and experience a free and easy way to stay in touch with friends, family and business colleagues around the world.’
Voip calls work by sending the caller’s voice over the internet as packets of information in the same way as photos, text and other data.
The service is now offered via PCs, home phones and mobiles.
It is increasingly popular in the UK, with the industry predicting up to three million users will be signed up by the end of this year.