28-10-2011 00:31 - edited 28-10-2011 01:37
I previously had iSkoot for Skype on my BB 8900 which worked just fine to allow me to keep mobile contact with my business oriented Skype chat groups,but iSkoot was shut down in January 2011, apparently because Skype had signed an exclusivity contract with Verison USA.
I don't see how my using iSkoot for Skype to send and receive Skype text messages (not even to make voice/video calls), would in any way impact Verison's revenue, especially since I don't even live or use my phone in the USA.
Has anyone tried writing to Microsoft yet ? As Skype totally ignore the Skype for BlackBerry issue and cannot even be bothered to issue any kind of official statement then Microsoft is the place to direct our questions.
Microsoft don't seem to have a public email address but there are contact forms via their support websites. Google/Bing Microsoft Support.
I'm new to this forum and just read through most of the posts here.
As are all of you, I'm very frustrated that I can't get skype for use with my BB and I don't want to switch devices just because of skype's incredible shortsightedness.
My most basic need is to be able to call people in Italy, Germany, and France for reasonable rates (if not for free). The *most convenient* option is to be able to call them on their mobile phones, if at all possible. Many of them have iPhones and skype, which is why skype seemed ideal, but of course, that's a moot point now.
Some of you have posted about using Google voice and I'd like to ask if someone would be kind enough to walk me through it a little (is it better to get a new phone number through Google voice or to set everything up through my existing number, is the service good and reliable, etc).
Please, if anyone there has any suggestions, I'm all ears - it does not appear that skype has any real interest in resolving this BB issue (for anyone other than US Verizon customers).
Thanks very much,
This is a total joke, I don't want to be told by skype what device I should use, the website makes it hard to complain, and it seems like skype are simply making their point and not allowing any feedback from its end users.
I am sure there must be some sort of competition law that covers this, afterall they are encouraging users to use anything apart from blackberry - if that is not discrimination then I don't know what is, shame on you skype!
I have personal iPhone and Blackberry for work. Skype doesn't always work on iPhone, loosing connection and all sort of things. Therefore, I am using skype on a special skype phone, **bleep**ty one. Blackberry is the best out there mobile for business full stop and not to have skype app on it it just simply STUPID!
Article below by Tony Bates, President of Skype
I am delighted to announce the deal with Microsoft has formally closed, and Skype is now a division of Microsoft. This represents a huge leap forward in Skype’s mission to be the communications choice for a billion people every day.
Joining forces with Microsoft is the best way to accelerate this mission and capitalize on our position at the intersection of social, mobile and video communications. Simply put, we want to transform communications. We will do this by building the best products in the world that allow all of us to do things together whenever we’re apart and by creating teams who work faster and smarter across the globe building those world-class products.
Microsoft is committed to the ubiquity of the Skype experience – communication across every device and every platform will remain a primary focus. And we’ve only scratched the surface. We’re at the starting line of integrating world-class talent, innovative technologies and products. By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we’ll deliver amazing new experiences for consumers and business around the world.
Posted by Tony Bates