"It's planned", "It's coming", "It's in the works". We have heard it all over the last year. Skype users have been patiently waiting for a BlackBerry version to arrive. Today we finally got our definite answer. Today in a press release at the Mobile Congress Conferance, Skype announced a "strategic relationship that will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless". Users on Verizon with a 3G data plan will get to enjoy Skype mobile starting next month. Supported phones will cover most of Big Red's newer BlackBerry inventory including the 8530, 9530, 9550 & 9630.
With Skype Mobile you can:
- Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America's most reliable wireless network;
- Call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates;
- Send and receive instant messages to other Skype users; and
- Remain always connected with the ability to see friends' online presence.
So where does this leave the customers on other carriers that want to use skype on their berry? No answer to that yet. Let's hope Skype will release a stand alone version soon so that everyone can enjoy Skype for BlackBerry.