iSkoot developing mobile web platform for AT&T


Mobile web services iSkoot is reportedly developing a new mobile platform for AT&T that promises to enable the operator to offer a variety of services optimized for low-end phones. According to VentureBeat, the iSkoot platform will begin trials on Nov. 14, and will offer features including mobile social networking, email and RSS feeds--microblogging services like Twitter are said to be in the pipeline as well. VentureBeat adds AT&T initiated the partnership based on iSkoot's deep integration of Skype VoIP services in its software stack, anticipating the firm can apply the same integration principles to embed mobile data applications.

In on-the-record iSkoot news, the firm announced the completion of a $19 million Series C financing round led by Vision Opportunity Master Fund, with additional participation from existing investors Charles River Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Jesselson Capital Corporation and ZG Ventures. iSkoot said the funding is earmarked for the introduction of a "suite of mobile communication solutions" (presumably the AT&T platform). iSkoot recently acquired Social.IM, a desktop IM client enabling real-time communication and notifications across social networks.

For more on the iSkoot/AT&T deal:
- read this VentureBeat article