Skype lite won’t actually let you Skype?

I stumbled across Skype Lite today. It took them long enough to launch a version of their calling app for the most obvious of target devices, the mobile phone. Sure there has been a Windows Mobile version for a while now, but I’m not a big fan of Microsoft’s mobile efforts. The new ‘true’ mobile version runs on Java enabled phones, so probably on yours as well.

Fring and Nimbuzz (I recommend the latter) have been offering free ‘skype calls’ (by which I mean voice calls over data networks) for a while now, so the real kicker is that Skype itself does not seem to allow that. At least not for free. And free calls is what Skype is all about, right?

Skype has been having a hard time turning a profit, so I can understand what they would be moving away from free services. And with flat-fee 3G being the norm, network operators aren’t very likely to sponsor their efforts for potentially causing loads of traffic. But how on earth are they going to overcome the competitive disadvantage? Both of Skype’s main rivals do the same thing for free, and offer more features.

Should you still want to try the Skype Lite beta, the java client runs very nicely on my Nokia E51, even though it’s not listed on the website as being compatible. I downloaded the E61 version instead and the only minor issue is that the splash screen is wider that the E51′s display. No biggie.

6 Comments

  1. I live in Russia, in small town, and we don`t have a 3g technology :)

    Comment by YrZ — February 1, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

  2. A shame that a great free application now costs… I used to love being able to Skype around the world from internet cafes on my mobile. I’ll be uninstalling Skype and using something ese…

    Comment by Andy — June 30, 2009 @ 7:26 am

  3. Hi there, I need Skype on my new LG Chocolate BL40 but so far no luck. Do you kno wof a way I can download it, Skype Lite says that my phone is not compatible, maybe I should just try that?

    Comment by Matt — February 16, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Matt, there’s no Skype Lite for your phone, but maybe Nimbuzz is?

    Comment by Roy — February 16, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

  5. hi, i want skype lite on my samsung b5310 corby pro – 3g,wi-fi,gprs, this skype lite function on my phone with free call? because nimbuzz free call,fring free call not work. thenks.

    Comment by manu — September 26, 2011 @ 11:00 am

  6. I have installed skype lite in my nokia c3, but unable to find voice call option….pls help me

    Comment by Prakash — March 1, 2012 @ 12:09 pm