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Anyone know how to download skype for blackberry torch 9800 (on o2)

Most Useful Answer bansalsunil2001  Apr. 20, 2011 at 06:53

i bought bb torch 9800 but unable to use Skype. Please help me because its mandatory for my work.

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 12, 2011 at 22:23

There is no skype app for Blackberry :(
So, either you go to the skype webmessenger with the BB's browser (not nice imho), or you get the multipurpose IM+ app from the Blackberry App World - but afaik it only does skype IM.

bansalsunil2001  Apr. 20, 2011 at 06:53

i bought bb torch 9800 but unable to use Skype. Please help me because its mandatory for my work.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 20, 2011 at 10:21

I use NimBuzz on my CrackBerry Bold. It's not very good, but it's free and supports AIM, Skype and Google.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:23

By the way: if Skype IM is what you need on a Blackberry, do not be tempted into buying the $30 IM+ Pro. Maybe it is good for other things, but for Skype IM it is utter utter rubbish. In my humble opinion.

grubby23  May. 7, 2011 at 02:26

That is a shame that Skype is not working... Can I use Nimbuzz to make calls via Skype to foreign landlines? Or is this just to chat via Skype?

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2011 at 07:30

afaik Nope. Skype and Nimbuzz 'broke up' a good while ago.
skype have ditched various former chat partners. Many apps on many OS's that used to work with skype no longer do.
It seems to me skype's after big money and rather cooperates with Operators than us 'low-life' endusers.
As a result you'll find Skype works on a model bought from Veri"n or Three, but NOT if you buy the handset simfree. I don't mind - they are a business and can do what they want. What ticks me off is that on their support forum they'll then claim how "sorry" they are that "skype doesn't work on your handset"... When in truth it does work. Only, they have a lucrative deal with a network or two while publically pretending skype is "free"...
So, again: nothing is free.

grubby23  May. 7, 2011 at 11:36

Cheers Jan, explanation makes sense. However, there is something called nimbuzzout which offers the same prices and services as Skype out.

http://www.nimbuzz.com/en/nimbuzzout/

Problem is, so far only Symbian, Iphones and PCs are supported. Anyone got this successful running on the Blackberry?

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2011 at 12:03

grubby23,
it seems IM+ Talk for Blackberry got a recent update?! Have you had a look at it? http://www.shapeservices.com/en/products/details.php?product=skype&platform=bb

grubby23  May. 7, 2011 at 12:56

Cheers Jan, that looks great. In the description is says:

IM+ Talk allows to make free VoIP calls in Wi-Fi areas and over 3G/EDGE. When connecting via wireless carrier's network you may still make calls using Skype credits.

In the last sentence, is says "it may still make calls via network carrier", does that mean it is possible that over 3G connection of O2 it might not be possible to use skypeout to landlines?

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2011 at 13:15

Not sure. There's some grumbling in the forum because some folks apparently couldn't get it to work except for wifi... Maybe that is what they're trying to say? "may or may not"?
Really haven't looked into it in detail because I only use skype IM...

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2011 at 13:17

but I think the download link gives you a trial version?

grubby23  May. 7, 2011 at 14:42

Cant find anything about a trial version but when reading on there are some more interesting facts:

VOiP calls work in half-duplex mode so you would need to use the convenience key of your Blackberry to switch between "talk" and "listen" modes (like a walkie-talkie).

When you are not in Wi-Fi zone, you can still make calls using callback. In this case both the contact person and you will get the incoming call. This is because when you use callback you are actually making two calls: one - to Skype contact or to phone number and another - to your callback number. Both calls are charged according to standard Skype rates, therefore Skype credits or Skype subscription are required for all incoming and outgoing calls in IM+ Talk.

Half-duplex mode calls - not ideal. And it seems over 3G you have to pay for 2 Skypeout calls!

JanSt / MOD  May. 7, 2011 at 15:26

Whoa... sounds rubbish ;)
And it's $29!!! o_O

CTPAHHIK  May. 9, 2011 at 08:13

I have not seen Skype over 3G for Blackberry. I could not even get it to work over WiFi. Maybe this new IM+ Talk is a solution, but I'm not willing to spend 30 on it.
Be careful with Skype Out and call back modes. They both will charge you as a regular call. Not a very big deal when you call out as it uses your allowance from mobile contract, but callback will charge you as a mobile Skype call (around 30p/min).
For good Skype functionality you need iPhone, for basic functionality Android would do. There is an app called "Good" that does BB email on Android and iPhone. It requires employer to get a license, but it's free for end user. It's not as good as BlackBerry, but it's getting very close. I already ditched by BB completely because of it. Nail in RIMs coffin.

caginogin  May. 17, 2011 at 10:15

For other platforms Skype is free. So I dont want to pay anything for it. I found http://www.pidgin.im/ plus http://code.google.com/p/forward2mobile/ at least for Skype messaging. Its free

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