I have had the Nokia N900 for a few months now, and as I’ve said before, one asset to this phone is the ability to make Skype calls (all via data) to anyone in the world via Skype.
Today, the PR 1.2 Firmware was released to UK N900 users. We U.S. users are not getting the update until tomorrow via Over The Air updates. However, if you’re brave enough to download the files and flash your device manually, you can do this today.
One new feature of PR 1.2 is the ability to make video Skype calls using the front-facing camera that the N900 sports. I made such a call to my friend Jim Courtney in Toronto, Ontario. After a few tries and a reset, the call went through. I sent Jim video and received his.
The quality was a overall quite acceptable.. The video froze for a few seconds every now and then, but was definitely acceptable considering the call was being made via a 3G network.
To my knowledge, this is the first video call done over Skype on a mobile phone over 3G in the US.
This goes to show how much innovation comes out of Skype and Nokia..a huge feat as far as I’m concerned!