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iSkoot Links Cell Phones To Skype

A U.S.-based start-up firm unveiled a gateway Wednesday that links Cingular Wireless users to the Skype VoIP network, enabling cell phone callers to place and receive Internet calls.

"You don't need a PC anymore to use Skype," said Jacob Guedalia, CEO of iSkoot, in an interview from the GSM World Congress in Barcelona. "We provide the gateway. All the Skype magic happens in the network."

In launching its iSkoot Mobile Network, Guedalia said the service is getting underway with Cingular. He added that his firm is also targeting Google Talk, as well as additional calling platforms.

Noting that Cingular and GoogleTalk are open architectures, Guedalia said fertile initial grounds for the iSkoot Mobile Network are represented by cell phone service providers that use the GSM European standard that is dominant in global markets.

He explained that the GSM framework is based on Java, while the other major cell phone infrastructure represented by Qualcomm's CDMA-based BREW framework is not open.

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