Skype is lauching an SMS service that lets customers deliver their messages to wireless users on GSM networks. Customers will be able to access the SMSGateway (provided by UK firm Connectotel) from within Skype Chat. They will be able to enter a mobile phone number and a message, and have that delivered to the global GSM network. Languages supported include English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Polish and Russian.

The Skype to SMS offering is currently available at no charge as a Beta test service for all customers who obtain authorization from Connectotel, which is considering the launch of other VoIP gateway services, including links to and from e-mail, fax and outside data feeds. That authorization process may take up to 24 hours.