New in Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile: SMS, File Transfer
Article by George Norman
On 25 Mar 2009
Skype, who in recent reports is said to have become the "largest provider of cross-border voice communications in the world", has some good news for people who are on the go and use the mobile phone specific Skype software: in the latest version of Skype for mobile phones, Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile, users can send out SMS messages from within the application and share files or transfer files to any other Skype contact in your list.

“Just over a month ago, I mentioned on this blog that we were gearing up to launch Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile , and now it’s ready for you to download and try out. It includes two great new features: SMS and file transfer. With 3.0 Beta, you can send text messages from your phone at Skype’s low rates, and send and receive files with your Skype contacts around the world,” explained Skype’s Peter Parkes.


The SMS feature works like this: when you are abroad and do not want to send out an SMS and pay the rather steep roaming charges, simply find a WiFi hotspot, fire up Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile and send a message via Skype – you will still end up paying for the service, but you will pay the standard Skype SMS fee. You should note that you can also connect to Skype using 3G while abroad, but if you do so your carrier may charge you.

The file transfer feature is as straightforward as they come. When you need to do some work on the go for example, but you do not have the file stored on your mobile device, simply ask one of your Skype contacts to send it to you; edit the file and send it back. It actually is that simple. And if you are worried that your file might end up in the wrong hands, Skype has made it sure to emphasize that it will keep your sensitive documents “safe from prying eyes,” regardless if you send the aforementioned file over a secure or unsecured WiFi network.

If you want to use Skype at home on your desktop computer, we have previously covered Skype 4.0 for Windows with voice-to-SMS capabilities.

In related Skype news, a report from TeleGeography indicates that cross-border telephone traffic grew 14% in 2007 and an estimated 12% in 2008, and much of that increase is due to Skype. Skype’s own international traffic amounted to a total of 33 billion minutes, indicating a 41% increase.

If you would like to get Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile, a download location is available here.

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