Skype gets pulled from Nokia's Ovi store in the U.S.

Skype gets pulled from Nokia's Ovi store in the U.S.
Since Skype and Verizon Wireless shook hands on an deal that we reported on last month, a number of things have happened to Skype's service with other carriers and platforms. 5 days after the Verizon-Skype deal was announced, we told you that a previously announced deal to allow Skype to be used over the iPhone's 3G network was being delayed,.The same story mentioned that a tipster for web site Gigaom told the site that the Skype-Verizon deal was an exclusive pact for 2 to 3 years. The delay in the Skype-iPhone 3G app surely hinted at Big Red's exclusivity. Then, as reported, Skype pulled its Windows Mobile client. Considering that Verizon offers Windows Mobile phones, this might have to do with the real reason given by Skype which had to do with the Windows Mobile app not meeting the standards set by the company's apps for other platforms. Also, Skype is planning on offering a client for the new Windows Phones 7 OS and didn't want to waste time by going back to rework the current Windows Mobile app.

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 theSkype for Symbian app through the Ovi Store. We did this so that wecould drive more attention to the recently announced Skype and VerizonWireless 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" 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: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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: Dec 11, 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: Mar 07, 2010

Thanks vzw! Wonder if they'll wanna charge an extra fee to use skype? Skype shoot themselves in the foot w/this "agreement"

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