Skype Plans Hybrid Mobile/Wi-Fi Phones

To that end, the Internet telephony powerhouse is collaborating with such hardware outfits as Motorola and Nokia

Dual-mode GSM/wi-fi phones designed around Skype will probably hit the market by the end of the year, a senior representative of the company has revealed.

Skype's UK manager Alistair Shrimpton on Friday said the internet telephony giant was "currently working with all the major hardware companies such as Motorola and Nokia" to develop GSM/wi-fi devices with embedded Skype.

Shrimpton added: "We're also working with all the major software companies such as Symbian."