High carrier fees are preventing the massive adoption of Skype’s Internet telephone service via cellphone, according to Eric Lagier, who heads Skype’s hardware and software business development division. Skype users can call each other for free via broadband Internet connection and only pay a small amount for calls to normal phones. But most telecommunications network operators impose large fees per megabyte downloaded to a mobile phone.
At present, Skype’s version for mobile phones can work on a Nokia handset that operates on 3′s third generation wireless broadband network. The U.K. wireless operator offers its subscribers unlimited Skype calls, Internet access, Podcasts and Windows Live Messenger for a monthly fee of Â£5 ($9.69). Compatible Wi-Fi phones can also host Skype but these handsets cannot perform calls through a cellphone network.