July 18, 2006 > SanDisk and Skype Announce Pocket-Sized Internet Video Calling On Smart Drives
SanDisk and Skype Announce Pocket-Sized Internet Video Calling On Smart Drives
Milpitas (BUSINESS WIRE), July 10_SanDisk(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK), the world's largest supplier of flash memory card storage products, and Skype(TM), the global Internet communications company, have announced that Skype users can now make free calls and chat on almost any PC without having to download software. The Skype software will now come pre-loaded on SanDisk's newest Cruzer(R) Micro and Cruzer Titanium lines of Skype-certified U3(TM) enabled smart drives. This will allow consumers to make free PC-to-PC audio and video calls to Skype users in most major markets.
SanDisk's Cruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium with U3 gives users a portable way to carry files and programs without leaving any personal information behind on a computer. This means Skype users can take their Skype account complete with their contacts, settings and preferences on a device that is smaller than a pack of chewing gum and make calls, with video as an option, from any PC such as those in Internet cafes and hotels. This compact Skype is particularly useful for business travelers, leisure travelers, students and anyone who uses multiple computers.
The U3 platform, which allows a variety of applications to be loaded onto a flash drive, is a standard feature on all capacities of SanDisk's latest versions of its Cruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium USB smart drives.
"SanDisk sees the U3 platform as the next major step in mobile computing," said Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Director of USB at SanDisk. "The Cruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium with U3 will enable people to carry around, on a small, convenient USB flash drive, their complete personal desktop with all their favorite U3 smart applications, settings and contacts and allow them to work on any PC, wherever they go. Skype is such a convenient communication tool for professionals and the whole mobile generation that it has become an essential part of their work and digital lives. So we are proud to announce that we have established a close cooperation with Skype, enabling us to include the software exclusively on our Cruzers."
The new drives will display the Skype logo on the packaging and will feature one free month of Skype voicemail for the mobile user to get messages from their Skype calls even when on the go. The SanDisk Cruzer Micro with Skype preloaded is available at retail outlets in U.S. and Europe, including Skype's online store, for suggested retail prices ranging from $39.99 to $199.99. Capacities are 512 megabytes (MB), 1 gigabyte (GB), 2GB and 4GB(a). SanDisk Cruzer Titanium with Skype comes in 1GB and 2GB, at suggested prices of $74.99 and $119.99 respectively, and is now shipping in most major markets.
Skype is one of four productivity software tools bundled on SanDisk's newest Cruzer Micro and Titanium flash drives. The U3 technology provides a resident environment for applications that operate directly from the flash drive. Other U3-compatible programs on the SanDisk drives offer anti-virus, file synchronization and password management functions. U3 applications work with any PC using Microsoft Windows XP or 2000 operating systems.