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Skype for iPhone 3G delayed as Verizon's deal is exclusive?

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Skype for iPhone 3G delayed as Verizon's deal is exclusive?
The guys at Gigaom have been told by a tipster that the Skype-Verizon deal is a 2-3 year exclusive pact between the two firms. No other carrier is expected to get the same support from Skype that Verizon will receive on its line-up of handsets. As we previously reported, Verizon and Skype's deal is supposed to allow Verizon users to use Skype to make free Skype to Skype calls over Verizon's 3G network. The carrier's customers are also supposed to be allowed to make International calls using Skype's low rates and send IM's back and forth to Skype users while being able to check to see which friends are currently online. According to the tipster, Verizon customers only will get the package of goodies thay they will receive from Skype. No other network will have the same support and services from Skype. And that brings us to the other part of the story.

Gigaom has learned that the Skype app for the iPhone 3G network has been delayed because of the former's worry about whether or not AT&T's 3G network can handle the service. The company's CEO Josh Silverman told the site than an iPhone upgrade would come "Very soon." But is this just a coincidence?  An exclusive deal is set with the carrier that would most like to stab Apple's touchscreen device in its heart and then the iPhone app is held back due to AT&T's pipelines? You do the math.

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source: Gigaom via BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


Ha!!! Verizon Wireless beat them to the Adobe Flash support with Google and now we beat them to Skype!!!! Awesome!!!! Keep getting first for our phones!!!! Got to love it!!!!!

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 00:04

8. j0nytn (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Feb 2010)


well, Adobe has reached out to Apple for years trying to get flash on the iphone but Apple has refused to carry the buggy program

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 03:20

9. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Contrary, the bug cant handle the awsome and highly anticipated program... Verizon is just sitting back saying to Apple "Not now, Daddy's Working"...

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 13:20

20. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


yeah since apple isnt owning the market or anything? whos the real daddy?

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 15:55

21. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Apple owns the market becuase sheep like you will believe anything someone tells you. "Mac is better because Steve Jobs says so!" You are a tool. The iPhone is crazy popular because the Nazi Regime that is apple controls everything you do. The iPhone is a good phone, it is very simple and easy to use, and gives the user the illusion that they are techie, smart, and competent even though the phone does everything for them. Other things will come and destroy apple's quick run, as the iPhone OS doesn't hold much for a long-run life cycle, the iPad will be successful because sheeple like you will buy it even though it is a dumbed down, pathetic excuse for innovation. But it will only last a few years. Andoid tablets, and Windows tablets that will be released by multiple manufacturers will continue to drive innovation as there is actual competition for a high functioning powerful device. Apple will lose the tablet war in 5 years unless they made something worth while. iPhone and iPad will not last long in their current state. And no I am not talking about the massive amounts they have sold now. something like 50 million since 2006 is impressive, but taht is only 4 years ago... THAT IS SHORT-RUN, I am talking about 10-20 years form now. The iPad was a bad idea, and eveyone needs to admit that. A phone is replaced every 8-16 months in the US. Computers every 3 years, why would you settle for a weak and useless iPad?

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 16:35

22. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


not really i like the phone and have good coverage. unlike you i choose a phone because i like it. not b/c the ceo is hitler. not b/c other people hate the company. i like the phone.

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 17:57

2. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


Iphone better seriously bring it in the 4th generation or else it is gonna become antiquated really fast. No flash, no skype, no multitasking=people jumping ship from apple and going with a verizon android or blackberry

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 19:52

4. servo086 (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Feb 2010)


What makes you think they'll ever get Flash, or multi-tasking? iTampon has neither of those, and Jobs bashes Flash every chance he gets! DROID DOES!!!!

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 03:29

10. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


This is to "testman" .....Every one before has said, and I quote..."The iPhone better have this...The 2nd Gen iPhone better have that...The 3rd Gen iPhone better have this...." ENOUGH!!!! Itll never be more than an juiced up, out dated Ipod! Every year someone has asked Apple to bring a little more to the table, and it isnt just more technology, its stuff thats out on other devices Apple refuses to play along with, Hence the consistant downfall...Apple will be gone in the next 10 years, If an economy slums people reach for open ways to duplicate things and eliminate clutter....Im sure there are people out there with 3 iPhones because they THOUGHT Apple finally did it right...Sorry mr. consumer you were wrong...Buy 1 thing that does EVERYTHING and you wont need ANYTHING else...Android FTW

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 18:57

3. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Hahaha! Screw you iPhone bitches. VZW FTW! :]

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 20:41

5. baldilocks (Posts: 541; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


I really love how news likes this brings out all the school kids. Mine is better than yours, blah, blah, blah. None of you probably pay for your own service anyway. I've been using Skype over 3G for my iPhone for a while now, thanks to a jailbroken app that allows me to fool the phone into thinking that I have a Wi-Fi connection. Verizon first? Not really....

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 21:41

7. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


I prefer having a device that I don't have to "fool" into doing what I want it too.

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 03:30

11. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Cheers. +1 x2 testman!

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 09:31

15. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Hey Baldilocks....hows your banned iTunes acct doing for ya?

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 12:10

19. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)


So Baldilocks, You'd rather cheat to win right? At least we do it right and not cheat the company or the developer out of its rights. What I hate about people with the IPhone is hearing it is so great but yet you have to jailbreak the damn thing to do what you want. You shouldn't have to jailbreak something to get it right. Don't get me wrong, the IPhone set the standard on what a smartphone with a touchscreen should be like. But now, it is starting to fall behind a lot of other smartphones out there. Jobs knows it too!!! That is why he keeps throwing his temer tamptroms.

posted on 21 Feb 2010, 21:31

6. macron2000 (Posts: 81; Member since: 07 Sep 2009)


I second that. And it works pretty good. As far as those people jumping ship, well it sounds like a lot of vzw subscribers on this site keeping hoping for an Iphone failure but are the same ones to get wet every time there is a rumoured article about vzw getting the Iphone. Too funny. Thanks for all the comedy every time you open your mouths or stroke your keypads.

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 03:39

12. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


Honestly those iPhone users would like to have great service with Verizon, the sad thing is, even if Verizon gets it, the service wont change from At&t because its the crappy phone. Why do you think Verizon doesn't have it??? You don't think Steve Jobs hasn't produced at least 1 iPhone w/ a CDMA chip in it...it exists...I know it does for sure. And I also know VZW guys probably tested it over and over to meet Verizon testing standards, guaranteed epic failure, Verizon said to Apple "bring me a Device that works and doesn't drop calls 20% of the time and can keep up with ALL of our other phones"...SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT THE DEMAND BEHIND IPHONE AND VERIZON *IN THIS ECONOMY* VERIZON CANT AFFORD "NOT TO" UNLESS IT WAS IMMINENT THAT IT WOULD FAIL...think about it!

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 09:49

17. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Do you think this could change with the iPhone 4g? Also, would Apple re-design and make a new iPhone to be released this year summer that does not run on LTE? I would think not if it is going to be released this year on VZW (25-30 markets) and ATT next year. That means in another year or 2 they would have to release another phone with the LTE technology in it. Wouldn't that anger iPhone customers?

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 10:02

18. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Also a side note... I read an article on the net about Apple boosting Qualcomm's stocks or sales or something due to Apple using Qualcomm's dual chipset. This is apparently for a "world iPhone". This article was from an analyst's website and like the others it was speculation and guessing and shit. I did e-mail Qualcomm asking if they sold or made chips that would allow a cell phone to work on both a GSM and CDMA network. Also, what the name of the chip was. Their response was, "Thank you for your inquiry regarding QCT Software and Drivers. For assistance with software and drivers, please contact your device manufacturer.". I e-mailed their customer service for chips and chipsets department. So I dunno if they don't have that chip, or it isn't ready, or they are keeping tight lipped on it. Also, Apple never says they won't or will work with VZW. They just decline to comment and same for Verizon. They never comment when asked if they are or are not working with Apple. You would think if Apple didn't want to work with Verizon they would say they were not interested. It all just seems like something is or has been in the works for probably some time, but I dunno if it will ever get finialized or not.

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 20:54

23. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


I think if it was really THAT improbable that Apple wouldn't go to VZW, then we would see Jobs ranting and raving about how horrible VZW and CDMA is, like he's done with Flash, etc. It might not happen, but it's still not THAT far fetched that it could happen either.

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 06:36

13. mulda71 (Posts: 42; Member since: 25 Jun 2009)


who knows

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 09:20

14. theman414 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


The iPhone is like the iPod. It's here to stay and everybody else just imitates. I used to be a hater too, but why waste my money on a bunch of wanna be crap when you can get the real deal! Hopefully AT&t's agreement will end and other carries can get the iPhone too!

posted on 22 Feb 2010, 09:45

16. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


Imagine if VZW got the iPhone and they have an exclusive deal with Skype. Then you could use Skype on your iPhone, but only if it was a Verizon iPhone. Maybe VZW would use that to attract more people to get the iPhone with VZW than ATT (or any other carrier that may offer it if Apple opens it up to multiple carriers in the US). A couple articles below this one talks about a possible front facing camera on the iPhone 4g. I could the 2 going together. However, the new Apple/ATT commercial showing what iPhone customers do when on hold (surf the net), which you can't do on Verizon makes it seems like Apple has no interest in VZW. I'd be very surprised with Verizon got the iPhone this summer. Probably not until summer 2011 at the earliest, if at at all.

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 20:43

24. trophynuts (unregistered)


does anyone with an iphone even really surf the net while on the phone? i haven't one time thought while talking on my VZW BB that i wish i could browse the net right now......im so sick of those retarded @ss commercials.

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