A little while back we learned that RIM actually created an official Skype client and never released it due to them caring more about carriers than customers. On Monday Skype officially announced that they will have a BlackBerry client in May which really got my hopes up. They had just released a iPhone app that made calls over VOIP using Wi-Fi only which is now already a top download on iTunes. I was hoping the same would be true for BlackBerry but I guess I should know by now to lower my expectations. 🙁
According to BlackBerry guru Hayden over at PinStack the BlackBerry Skype application will not actually be a true VOIP client. When you call a contact it will dial an access number using your cellphone minutes and connect with Skype servers. This essentially makes it only useful for getting cheaper international rates. Its also the same thing that many commercial applications like IM+ for Skype ($19.99) already let you do…
In short this just looks like it will be a free client for Skype using a dial around service… Just like how the iPhone app cannot use 3G to make calls the BlackBerry app will not be able to use either 3G or Wi-Fi to make calls.
So I am deadly curious to ask… Will a true VOIP solution ever come to the BlackBerry?