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Now Access Skype on iPhone, Blackberry

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Skype has launched its application on the Apple iPhone and announced plans for a similar service on Blackberry phone for next month.

The Skype for iPhone application is available through the Apple App Store, allowing the phone to access the cost-effective Skype voice over IP service. The application also adds Skype calling and instant messaging to any second generation iPod touch with a compatible headset and microphone. Skype for iPhone requires a Wi-Fi connection to make free Skype-to-Skype calls or low-cost Skype calls to mobiles and landlines.

Users will not be charged by Skype for making and receiving Skype-to-Skype calls using an iPhone or iPod touch. Skype's normal low rates apply if using Skype to call landlines or mobiles.

Meanwhile, Skype announced at the CTIA Wireless trade show this week that the lite version of Skype, a 'thin' Skype client for mobile phones, will soon be available as a free download for BlackBerry smartphones. A beta version will be available in May for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve smartphones, with support for other BlackBerry smartphones coming later.

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