Skype gets pulled from Nokia's Ovi store in the U.S.
Just a couple of days ago, Nokia's Ovi Store introduced Skype for all locations and then pulled the app from the U.S. version of the store. Sravanthi Agrawal, a member of Skype's corporate communications team, said, "Skype has made a decision in the United States to not promote the Skype for Symbian app through the Ovi Store. We did this so that we could drive more attention to the recently announced Skype and Verizon Wireless agreement. This was a marketing decision — plain and simple." Agarwal added, "Skype users in the U.S can still download Symbian by going directly to Skype.com." The Skype-Verizon offering is expected to launch sometime later this month, and while there are still ways for customers of other carriers besides Verizon to download Skype on their phone, it probably would be best to so so soon. After all, if Skype is doing all these things now before the deal with Big Red starts, what will happen when the contract kicks in?
source: VentureBeat via BGR
1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 774; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
Don't you just love these stupid deals these companies make here? You can still get it from Skype's website, but when Nokia is trying to improve their application store in the US, things like this don't help. At least everybody else is screwed too.
2. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I somewhat agree. VZW and Skype signed a deal with Skype, basically VZW paid a large amount of money to be the exclusive provider... but it is a meaningless gesture if you can just download it directly from the skype website for other platforms (Symbia, WinMo). So I don't care that you can't get it from the app store, but if the exchange is just navigating your browser to the website to download it, big deal, you still get the same applicaiton. It would seem VZW is getting the short end of the deal here, but who cares, I think exclusivity within the cell phone world and communication industry just slows down progress and innovation in the industry and results in an increase in prices to the consumer.
3. warhed (Posts: 56; Member since: 07 Mar 2010)
Thanks vzw! Wonder if they'll wanna charge an extra fee to use skype? Skype shoot themselves in the foot w/this "agreement"