Sunday, April 05, 2009

Skype For Blackberry Beta, In May!

Skype For Blackberry
Skype is enjoying the success of Skype for iPhone and pitfalls of "not all the carriers are the same" or even the same carrier in different countries, phenomenon with countries like Germany and Canada.
I like the skype for iPhone and the performance. Within a good WIFi signal areas, the product performs well. I need to get my AT&T wireless access sorted out at AT&T hotspots.
The Skype for Blackberry should not be much different and I will be trying it out with my office Blackberry device(s) (BlackBerry® Bold™ and BlackBerry® Curve™ )as I keep a bunch of them as I upgraded devices.
The Skype for Blackberry beta also known as thin or lite version of Skype for Smartphones will have core Skype capabilities like;

  • Make Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world
  • Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups
  • Make Skype calls at low rates to people on landline or mobile phones
  • Receive calls to your online number on Skype
  • See when your Skype contacts are online/available to chat
"With Skype on BlackBerry smartphones, we are making Skype available in the briefcases and purses of BlackBerry users around the world," said Scott Durchslag, COO of Skype. "We have heard loud and clear that our users want Skype on whichever smartphone they choose to use. This fulfills our promise of making Skype available on the major smartphones so consumers and mobile professionals can connect to Skype whenever, wherever and however they choose."

The lite version of Skype will be available to BlackBerry users worldwide. The ability to make calls will be available in 10 countries: Australia, Brazil (Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paulo), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the United States and the UK. English will be supported first, with additional languages to follow.

The beta of the lite version of Skype will be available as a free download to BlackBerry smartphone users beginning in May from using their BlackBerry® Browser.
Source, Skype


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