Josep sent me a link to an article on APCmag that mentioned a few things I had never heard about regarding Skype for BlackBerry. They got in some face time with Skype chief operating officer Scott Durchslag to discuss Skype’s future plans.
The interesting quotes:
- Sucks! “RIM itself developed a “very efficient” BlackBerry client, Durchslag noted, but since it relies on sales via carriers who don’t want Skype calls eating into their voice revenue that version isn’t likely to appear any time in the near future.”
- Skype also announced that they are developing Java and Windows Mobile clients. These new clients are supposed to be “heaps better”
- Sucks! “In theory, the Java-based client could be installed on a BlackBerry, but as there are no specific power management features built in it would drain the battery quite quickly. Skype is continuing to work on a separate BlackBerry client for release later this year.”
Who knew that RIM developed their own Skype client? I can understand why they do not use it but I can already see all of the developers at RIM headquarters making Skype calls all day…