Skype is requesting that Nimbuzz remove support for its 3rd party VoIP service. Effective October 31st, Nimbuzz will be killing support for the service. It’s a shame that the services are being canceled, as Nimbuzz has managed to accumulate 150 million downloads and serve 3.65 billion VoIP minutes last year. The cancellation raises some interesting questions about why the VoIP market on BlackBerry is so closed and why Skype has such a beef with people using their services. Isn’t 3.65 billion VoIP minutes a positive outcome?
Nimbuzz has recently been updated to version 1.3 with more ways to discover other Nimbuzz users. Nimbuzz is a free IM app that features quite a few clients such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Skype as well as Facebook. New features in 1.3 include:
- Chat history – so you can continue your chats where you left off.
- Facebook connect – no more disconnecting errors!
- See which of your phone contacts are already using Nimbuzz and when they are online
- Send free SMS text message invites to your phone contacts so they can join Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz’s blog goes into more detail about the Facebook Connect feature and how it improves the app:
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Nimbuzz is a free IM app that features quite a few clients such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Skype as well as Facebook. Nimbuzz have updated their BlackBerry app and they have included some great performance and connection improvements. The app also has a lot of new language support. Here is a quick breakdown of the update:
Multilingual: Now in Arabic, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, German, Dutch, English, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
Connection improvement: For your convenience the client now automatically chooses the best connection for you.
Performance improvements: Now Nimbuzz is twice as fast after the first log in.
Nimbuzz is a free IM app that features quite a few clients such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Skype as well as Facebook. They let us know that the app has been updated, with the connection issue for OS 5.0 resolved. Features include:
- Runs in background.
- Connects all your friends: Put all your friends in one place, check their status updates, and chat right from the buddy list.
- Home screen notifications: You wont miss anything, a red dot will show up on the letf corner of your screen everytime you get a new message.
- Auto-reconnects: for switching between 3G, 2G and Wifi networks.
- “Clickable” URL’s: Share links and websites with your friends! No need to retype web addresses.
- Sound profiles – your notifications can be customized, so you can make them personal.
- Save money on text messages with free Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz messaging.
Nimbuzz for BlackBerry is now available from BlackBerry App World as well as the Nimbuzz site. The app features a ton of IM clients such as AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Skype as well as Facebook. Speaking of Skype, weren’t they supposed to launch a BlackBerry client 6 months ago? Even though you can’t use the VoIP calling feature of Skype with Nimbuzz, I still wanted to try it out. When I logged in with my Bold 9700, I got an error message saying the Skype service wasn’t working and they’re “looking into it.”
I haven’t used Nimbuzz before but I’ve been desperate for a good VoIP solution for BlackBerry. While Skype promised to give us an app back in May, they haven’t lived up to this promise. There are a few decent alternatives out there such as iSkoot, which has worked somewhat well for me so far.
Nimbuzz has partnered with Voxbone to provide a unique VoIP solution for BlackBerry. When you launch Nimbuzz, the new “blade” pops out alongside Nimbuzz’s toolset of aggregated IM services, mobile VoIP, social networking, tweets, and file-and-photo sharing.
According to the company, even if you’re out of 3G or Wi-Fi range, you still can make mobile VoIP calls on your BlackBerry.
The company is offering a pretty awesome service in that you don’t have to know the number, carry a card or even realize you’ve stepped beyond Internet reach. The Nimbuzz app, adding 750,000 sign-ups per month and operating in 200 countries, notices for you. It automatically steps in and requests permission to dial the right access number for you, which it knows, and routes the call over the Internet. Voxbone provides numbers and origination services, grabbing the call for Nimbuzz and converting it to IP.
Could this be the VoIP solution we’ve been waiting for? Comment your thoughts about this application.
[ED NOTE: Tried on the BlackBerry Storm and it's not compatible. Looking to try it on a Curve 8900 in a moment but wanted to give you a heads up about the application.]