Qik has launched the alpha version of its live mobile video streaming product on mass market mobile phones. Customers can use Qik's service to stream video live to the Internet with just a few clicks, and then engage in live interactive chat with other people.
The free service can be immediately used on more than a dozen Nokia and Sony Ericsson (News
) mass market mobile handsets including Nokia 5300, Nokia 6300, Nokia 6500 (classic and slide), Nokia 6555, Nokia 8800 Arte/Carbon Arte, Sony Ericsson G502, Sony Ericsson (News
) K660i, Sony Ericsson K850i, Sony Ericsson K858c, Sony Ericsson W890i, Sony Ericsson W908c, Sony Ericsson W910i, and Sony Ericsson Z750i. The users of these handsets can obtain Qik by registering at http://qik.com/
"It's a real milestone for mobile technology that an advanced utility like Qik is now available on mass market cell phones," said Ramu Sunkara, co-founder and CEO of Qik. "We have been astounded by the use of Qik by smartphone owners, and are excited to see what mass market cell phone users will stream live to the Web."
Mass market cell phones include non-PDA and non-smartphone handsets which are used by a broader market segment, being more affordable than advanced phones. The software that Qik has developed for these cell phones is based on the popular Java Platform, Micro Edition, (commonly referred to as J2ME).
) is pleased that Qik's innovative live video service is now available for owners of Nokia feature phones as well as Nokia smartphones," said Tom Libretto, vice president at Forum Nokia, in a statement. "Qik's release for these phones adds an exciting new way for people to use an even wider variety of Nokia handsets."
Support for additional Nokia and Sony Ericsson feature phones will be added soon.
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Edited by Mae Kowalke