PC apps coming to a mobile near you

Internet companies pave way for PC-mobile convergence

Popular consumer applications like Skype, Google and MSN, are being made available via mobile phones with the announcement of X-Series by global carrier 3.

X-Series is a partnership between 3 and Skype, Sling Media, Yahoo!, Nokia, Google, eBay, Microsoft, Orb, and Sony Ericsson, which aims to bring the PC broadband experience onto the handset.

The pricing structure will also be similar to fixed-line broadband with a monthly fee allowing "unlimited" use of the data services, including Skype calls. X-Series customers will be charged flat access fees for mobile broadband services on top of their basic subscription.

X-Series will be available in the UK from December 1 and will be launched in Australia early next year.

The new service is also promising open Internet access so people can search the Internet "without limitation" from their mobile.

The first two handsets that support X-Series are the Nokia N73 and the Sony Ericsson W950i.

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