Skype Mobility

April 6, 2004

in Skype Journal

Look beyond Skype’s PDA mobility announcement today and start probing at the emerging challenges for cellphone manufacturers and providers. The deeper threat here is to current wireless charging models. The upset will turn over minute plans, reduce the current cellphone purchse price subsidies and force the emergence of new UI’s (user interfaces).

So I’m closing this post with a few quick thoughts that probe beyond the Skype’s PDA announcement which leaves me a little flat. This is just one of many PR releases. It’s been no secret for sometime. Skype is not alone in developing PDA VoIP solutions. There are a number available including ones that already dial the old telephone network. There aren’t many users with these PDA gadgets in their tool kits and $500+ is a little too much to just go out for a play.

The system requirements for Skype’s PDA beta version will find a small number of testers with.

  • Microsoft Pocket PC 2003 Operating System
  • WiFi and 400 MHz processor

    Still they are coming….

    Zeenstrom indicated he believes this mobile market will develop gradually, because, for one thing, not many PDAs are yet equipped with Wi-Fi capability. However, there is a new generation of PDAs coming later this spring, some of which will be fitted with Intel’s powerful new 530-MHz Xscale processor running on a new improved version of Microsoft’s mobile OS. Many of these will be equipped with Wi-Fi capability. When Wi-Fi isn’t included in a new PDA, it can be added relatively easily and inexpensively with a Wi-Fi-equipped SD card. databahn a Mobile T-1 $3995 plus $79 per month for 500KBS uplink and 3Mbps downlink. Interesting. I also saw this PDA?PC… OQO

    • My Reliance CDMA wonder

      I’ve been meaning to blog this for a while now.

    • You are right, Stuart — the 400Mhz processor is going to keep the test bed smaller. I bought my Pocket PC within the last 6 months and PocketSkype doesn’t fully work with it. I can do IM though 🙂

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