EQO Communications, a provider of mobile presence technologies, at VON announced the immediate availability of Mobile Instant Messaging for Skype Technologies S.A, as part of its Mobile Internet Phone Service for Skype product.
The software is available for free as a Beta product to consumers via the EQO Web site and supports more than 40 phone handset models from vendors including Nokia, Motorola Inc. and Sony-Ericsson. The product uses the Skype API but is not endorsed or certified by Skype.
In response to tremendous customer demand, we have accelerated our plans to release mobile instant messaging, said Ian Andrew Bell, vice president for marketing and alliances at EQO Communications. Skype users are consistently requesting this key feature and we are privileged to be the first company to bring it to them.
Mobile Instant Messaging for Skype enables Skype users to send and receive text messages to other Skype users over their mobile phones, start multiparty chat sessions, and check the status of their buddies. The software also contains standard features such as Skype calling, incoming Skype call management and contact list sync.
Using a combination of a phone-resident J2ME client and a presence-enabled VoIP signaling network, the EQO Mobile Internet Phone Service bridges online identity, VoIP calling and instant messaging services.
EQO also is working to offer its presence applications to other providers and wireless carriers.
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