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Skype Mobile for BlackBerry Available Tomorrow

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Verizon is announcing Skype Mobile for BlackBerry tomorrow, March 25th, on a variety of 3G devices. To download the app, from the Verizon site (currently the page lets you get a reminder when the app goes live) or by texting SKYPE to 2255.

Skype Mobile for BlackBerry will let you:

  • Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype contact around the globe;
  • Send and receive unlimited instant messages with other Skype users;
  • Manage the Skype contact list directly from the mobile application; and
  • Call international phone numbers at competitive Skype calling rates.

To use Skype Mobile, you’ll need a data plan but you can save money in that Skype-to-Skype calls are not charged against your monthly minutes. The app will be available for the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour 9630.

Verizon Demonstrates Skype Mobile on YouTube

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Verizon have begun to push their Skype Mobile services on YouTube, and while the video doesn’t reveal anything new about the product, it’s good to see that things are moving forward. Verizon claims the call quality will be excellent, and messaging will be an integral part of the service. Hopefully Verizon haven’t locked Skype down from doing business with other carriers, as I know many other BlackBerry users in Canada and on other providers would love to get their hands on this service.

Free IM Aggregator Nimbuzz for Blackberry Updated

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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. 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.
  • Free!

Try Nimbuzz in App World.

Skype for BlackBerry Coming to Verizon Customers in March

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Skype and Verizon wireless made a great announcement at MWC 2010 about Skype coming to Verizon BlackBerrys in March. We have been waiting for ages for a Skype client for BlackBerry and since Verizon carries so many BlackBerry users, it made sense to go to them first. Even though the logic was sound, I can’t help but be annoyed at my own carrier for not being able to strike a similar deal.

With Skype mobile you’ll be able to:

  • 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.
  • Remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

It will be interesting to see what the billing arrangement will be. If I’m buying Skype credits, will I be able to allot some through my carrier bill? Or will this all have to be done through Skype? When it launches, Skype for BlackBerry will be available for the Blackberry Storm, Storm2, 8330, 8530, 8830 and Tour 9630.

Sign up to be notified when it launches at verizonwireless.com/skypemobile or follow Skype Mobile on Twitter.

SHAPE Services Apps Including IM+ for Skype Now 50% Off

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The MobileHeist is back and this time we’re offering 50% off on SHAPE Services apps like IM+ All-in-One Messenger, IM+ for Skype, RDM+ Remote Desktop for Mobiles and more.

Get in on the action from you desktop or BlackBerry:

MobileHeist Desktop version.
MobileHeist BlackBerry version.

Skype for BlackBerry Still Facing Delays

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We first heard about Skype for BlackBerry back in March of 2009 when The New York Times reported that Skype “will make its free software available immediately for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch and, beginning in May, for various BlackBerry phones, made by Research in Motion.”

While we were led to believe that it was going to be available to all users, it was actually a closed beta of Skype Lite that was launched. Skype Lite features the core calling and IM features, while omitting features like file transferring and sending SMS messages.

So when will we see the app launch? Skype says to hold on. Their official blog states that they have “faced delays beyond [their] control” in moving its BlackBerry build out of private beta testing.

[Read about this from Jessica over at CNET]