About an hour ago, we reported than an official version of Skype is now available for Symbian handsets (the operating system used on most Nokia handsets). However, the people over at VenturBeat have realized that although Nokia's press release was disseminated around the globe, there is actually no confirmed availability of the app in the US.
VentureBeat reported that on an N97 phone that one of its reports owns, the Skype app is not appearing in Nokia's newly-minted app store, Ovi. And when he tried to find the app on a PC version of the store, the following error message appeared: "Sorry, this item is not available for your country".
When contacted, Nokia replied by saying, "We’re working with Skype to determine when they will make their app available to US Ovi Store users." In addition, "The availability of apps in Ovi Store is determined by the publisher."
I4U has not been able to confirm or deny the availability of the app, but doing a quick browse through the Web-based version of the store indeed shows no results for a Skype app. For now, it appears that Skype For Symbian is not actually available in the US, but has instead been released to a limited number of other countries.
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