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Skype Tells Us to Wait Patiently for BlackBerry App

skype2Back in March of last year Skype promised us that they would be releasing a BlackBerry client by May 2009. We then learned that the app would not be true VoIP. The May 2009 date came and went with no release (though a beta copy did leakTwice). Then in October AT&T officially announced that they were cool with VoIP applications over 3G and that gave me some hope that maybe Skype was working on a true VoIP app for BlackBerry.

Just before the end of the year my buddy Jessica over @CNet spotted a post on Skype’s official blog asking users to continue waiting patiently for a BlackBerry app. Supposedly the app is on its way and STILL in private beta testing. They claim that they unfortunately faced delays beyond their control and working to create the best possible Skype experience on the BlackBerry.

Now that makes me wonder. Will the best possible Skype experience include VoIP? SHAPE Services has proven that walkie talkie like VoIP is possible on the BlackBerry…

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  1. There’s already an app for Skype on the Blackberry. It’s called iSkoot. I’m sure not if it supports VOIP.

  2. I wonder if Skype is running into the same carrier imposed limitation as with their iPhone app: no VoIP calls over 3G. The carriers don’t want Skype to step on their voice turf. Since most BB do not have WiFi, the Skype app would not be exactly groundbreaking w/o VoIP, just another IM app among many. Just guessing here but I wouldn’t be surprised if that explains part of the delay.

  3. They were simply waiting for the new VoIP API :)

  4. I would like to have a Skype text messenger in the first step, like Gtalk, ICQ etc. Why should I buy special messenger programs like IM+? I can understand, why T-Mobile and all other providers dont like to have VoIP in their network, bur messaging should not be in my opinion a problem.

  5. Don’t really care about Skype. I just want my Twitter client and I’m happy.

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