A product that lets Mac users with Skype connections use their mobiles to make and receive Skype calls through their handset has been announced.

EQO Communications has released a beta version of EQO Mobile for Skype for Mac OS X. The release means Mac users can extend Skype VOIP calling and messaging to their mobile phones.

The solution consists of a small client application that runs on the mobile and another on the Mac. As long as Skype is active on the computer, users can use EQO’s software and their mobile to keep in touch with Skype contacts.

The software lets users make and receive Skype calls, exchange Instant Messages, and view presence information about their buddies over the Skype network. Over 45 different handsets from vendors including Nokia, Motorola, Palm, and Sony-Ericsson are supported. EQO recently introduced support for Palm TREO 650 and Motorola ROKR, SLVR, and RAZR phones.

The company’s website explains: “When you call a Skype buddy or another number through the EQO client, or someone calls you from Skype, EQO routes the call to your phone over your regular wireless voice service using SkypeOut. This means you can truly make and receive Skype calls from anywhere on your handset, without needing a highly advanced 3G mobile phone and without being connected to a high-speed wireless data network.”

Commenting on the release, EQO vice president of marketing and alliances Ian Andrew Bell said: "The Mac community has proven itself to be a vibrant group, always on the cutting edge of communications technology. We recognize that providing our service to these market leaders is key to getting the word out that, with EQO, practically anyone can extend their Skype experience to their mobile phones."

EQO Mobile for Skype consists of EQO Mobile Internet Phone Service or Skype, which was launched at the 2006 DEMO technology conference and also EQO Mobile Instant Messaging for Skype, introduced at Spring VON 2006.