Don't people ever read previous comments?
Blackberry want you to use their own video call software, so all your friends will buy more Blackberry Playbooks.
Skype/MS do not want more competition and hope that with no Skype for Playbook, Blackberry will lose sales.
Why independents are not doing anything is beyond my ken. Maybe it is too difficult or RIM/Skype/Microsoft are obstructing or preventing Skype for Playbook, who knows.
Would like to hear any constuctive comments, but please no more wingeing. Any idea if this breaks any competion laws in the USA?
If Tony Bates reads this I wonder if he could be kind enough to confirm he does ? Evidence suggest TB and Skype created this forum not to help but to hide problems.
Lets just be totally honest - blackberry is crap!... Sorry but it's true. The price thou pay from the phones etc is disgusting. Rather stick with my PC, iPhone and iPad. I was a blackberry user but I sore the light. Blackberry are rubbish - the apps , games are very poor - yet they charge a blood fortune. I don't like blackberry what so ever. They are too pricey for wthey are are.
If you want Skype for video calls - use youre laptop, which ever tablet you wanna use or just bite the bullet and get an iPad.
I love apple you get better apps. Yes it's more money but its worth every penny. Bout the only good features are the camera, mp3 play and bbm - that's it.
Sorry but l don't see blackberry lasting another 5 years. It's a little 2 late. They need to improve all their apps and start listening to what people actually want instead of the rubbish they churn out. I have the bold 9900 but l am leaving blackberry. Good on Skype I don't blame them, coz blackberry are rubbish.
And what's even more annoying is when you have paid of an app,game or theme and they they start charging u extra for something u can get free for iPad and in better quality. Blackberry would be ripping everybody off if Skype Was on blackberry.
I used to like blackberry but not anymore.
Save ur money go for decent tablet, laptop, notebook or the iPad - but stay away from blackberry stop phone weather it's a tablet or a tablet. Waste of money the blackberry stuff being honest ...
You say BlackBerry costs an arm and a leg, but in the same breath you say I should buy an iPad. I can buy a Playbook from $118 from Walmart or an iPad3 for over $1000. I think we pay a reasonable price for a Playbook and the hardware can do a lot more than my iPad can. I'm not locked in a walled garden of iTune crappy apps.
Additionally my company won't allow devices that aren't FIPS 104.2 security rated on the network. Ones with a proper security baked in to the infrastructure. I don't see any other device on the market with the certification yet. Read up on it buddy if you want to get educated: http://www.bgr.com/2011/07/21/blackberry-playbook-
This thread is to discuss support Skype on Playbook. Not for you to discuss your 9900 phone or your love of Apple. If we wanted a great tablet with lots of apps I would buy an Android for $45.
30-09-2012 08:18 - edited 30-09-2012 08:24
First of all RIM isn't preventing Skype from coming to playbook ... they've offered video chat on the playbook as a basic mode of video chatting just like every other tablet manufacturer (facetime, etc.). RIM cannot write the app for Skype. Can you imagine if Skype stated publicly that RIM refused to put their app into App World? Please!
It's Skype aka Microsoft that's preventing an app from being written here. Ok I get writing a native app for the playbook in QNX is difficult but OS2.1 is about to be released on the playbook that gives direct access to the cameras and the microphone through the Android runtime player. Also, the playbook sales are at least at 1.5 million users if not approaching 2 million. With these milestones, Skype has no excuse not to make an app.
So to reiterate, there should be ABSOLUTELY no difficulty making an Android ported Skype app for playbook.
If Skype doesn't come to the playbook with OS2.1, Skype is blatantly discriminating against RIM and there has to be some fair competition laws that are being broken here.
Furthermore, if Skype doesn't appear shortly for the PB, early next year BB10 will be released. The playbook will be getting the BB10 operating system. The developer toolkits and available programming languages provided by RIM has made it dead nuts easy for developers to port over apps to BB10 from other platforms (on average less than 25% of the required time to port over an app). If Skype isn't available at that point there needs to be action taken against Skype and brought up to the Better Business Bureau.
And one last thing... to the posters that are calling the playbook "rubbish" .. I just wanted to point how how immature their comments are to this thread and that there are individuals that obviously haven't used a PB.. and frankly, I don't care if they claimed they have or not. This thread is about having Skype for the playbook.. not about the playbook as a tablet. They should simply keep their comments to themselves since this thread obviously doesn't concern them.
Thank you for an informative well constructed message.
I am waiting with interest to see if Skype/Microsoft get sued under the competition laws of the US if they continue to block Skype for Playbook.
It would be nice for Skype to reply to your points, IF THEY EVEN BOTHER TO READ THEM.