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UPDATE: Skype Coming to BlackBerry via the PlayBook

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UPDATE: We’ve been told that the image above is a mockup – so Skype isn’t confirmed for the PlayBook. Too bad because Skype would be really awesome on the tablet.

The first look at App World on the PlayBook reveals that Skype will be coming to the BlackBerry Platform via the PlayBook. We’ve been hearing about Skype coming to BlackBerry for a long time now and the only devices to get it are on Verizon. Other than Skype, App World for the PlayBook has a really slick interface and we’re expecting some awesome apps to be ready when the device launches.

Hit this link to see a roundup of other apps you can expect to see on the PlayBook.

Shape Services Launches IM+ Talk Out of Beta with Free Skype VoIP Calls

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Shape Services let us know that their IM+ Talk app is out of beta and available for purchase or for you to test on a free, 7 day trial. Probably the best feature of this app is the ability to make free Skype VoIP calls over WiFi, as well as make VoIP calls over 3G/EDGE. With the holiday season approaching, even the 7 day trial of this app is well worth it. For those going overseas to visit family, this app could save you a lot of holiday cash.

Check out IM+ Talk from Shape Services at this link.

Nimbuzz Killing Skype Support as of October 31st

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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 Updated with Contact Suggestions and Facebook Connect

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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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Rdio Launches Subscription Based Social Music Service with App

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Rdio has announced a new social music service along with a BlackBerry app. For $9.99 per month, users can access seven million songs and listen as much as they’d like. The BlackBerry app lets you manage your entire collection, and lets sync as many songs as your phone will allow. The songs are downloaded to your device and therefore you can listen even when you’re not connected.

More details about subscriptions and the app available from their site.

Skype for BlackBerry Launches on Verizon

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Skype for BlackBerry has launched on Verizon, being pushed to customers’ devices this morning. This official Skype client uses Verizon’s voice connection (and billing) to connect you to the Skype network. Even though it’s a hybrid, and not a full VOIP service, if your plan has the airtime minutes you can make free international Skype to Skype calls. Skype’s IM communications thankfully still go through as data.

Check out the Skype mobile page.