What's up with Skype on mobiles
We’ve seen reports of Skype for Mobile development being halted in light of too expensive data plans, so I checked with a few people and thought I’d put up an update on where we stand with this.
First, it’s of course true that people decide to use or not use Skype and other Internet applications on their mobiles based on their data plans. The industry continues to develop and we’ve seen various unlimited data plans spring up in different places. The first one was with German e-plus [already in November 2005](http://blogs.skype.com/sites/en/2005/11/skype_on_german_eplus_3g_netwo.html).
Second, I’ve always found “Skype for mobile” an obscure term. There is no single “mobile” platform and there is no single “Skype” that will work on all. So talking about “Skype for mobile” is like talking about “Skype for computer”. On desktops, we have Windows, Mac OS X and Linux versions. Similarly, on mobiles we have had Skype for Windows Mobile for almost two years now ([announced in April 2004](http://about.skype.com/2004/04/skype_launches_skype_for_pocke.html)), and it now also supports Smartphone devices. We also have a client that works within the [Three X-series](http://www.three.co.uk/xseries/features/skype/index.omp). Similarly, we will have future versions on current and future platforms, working in different thin- and fat-client configurations. For example, Mac OS X has just entered the mobile scene with Apple’s latest product announcement, and while it remains to be seen how open the platform will be to external software developers, in principle and in the long run there’s no reason why you couldn’t see Skype running on that thing one day.