Running OS 10.1 on your Z10? Grab Skype now in BlackBerry World

Running OS 10.1 on your Z10? Grab Skype now in BlackBerry World
By DJ Reyes on 12 May 2013 01:46 pm EDT
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Towards the end of April, 2013, we saw Skype become available for the BlackBerry Q10.  We even saw Skype offer 3-month unlimited world subscriptions too. While we saw a leak of Skype made available for Z10 owners, you can now find Skype (Preview) available for the Z10.

One caveat though is that you have to be running 10.1 on your Z10. BlackBerry 10.1 isn't officially available yet but there have been leaks for a while, with a new batch leaked days ago for all Z10 models.

If you're not comfortable with installing leaks, then you'll have to wait for 10.1 to officially land to get Skype on your shiny Z10. Otherwise, if you're already running 10.1 on your Z10, then you can hit up BlackBerry World and download Skype now. The 3-month unlimited offer looks like it's still running to be sure to sign up for that too.

Remember, this is a preview version, meaning it's still beta. And for those who may ask, yes, it is an Android port.

Download Skype (Preview) for the BlackBerry Z10
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171 comments

JR A

Finally!

But I bet there will still be people complaining about lack of Skype/Apps.

bluetroll

Some people are never satisfied. I'm glad we finally have Skype on the platform

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ibimmer

The 2nd article without a picture of Kevin! Must be jackpot!!!

PLEASE STOP PUTTING A PICTURE OF YOURS IN EVERY DAMN ARTICLE, KEVIN!

And I think I talk on the behalf of almost everyone here, well maybe not the homosexual (I have nothing against them, no offense, but it's not that Kevin is hot or anything, no offense, again.. whatever), but you get the idea.

KemKev

I believe Kevin can pretty well do whatever he wants! Why don't you go start your own site?

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ibimmer

Not really - we (the visitors) are the very reason this site still lives. We get to say what we see appropriate. It's a free country after all.

ESCON

free country Internet ?

BruvvaPete2

Freedom of speech. Just watch what you say. Keep talking smack and see how long your account stays active for. Go ahead. You don't speak on behalf of anyone but yourself. If I weren't a nice guy I'd tell you to go fornicate yourself, but since I'm a nice guy I wouldn't say anything like that.

00stryder

Wait, why do pics of Kevin bother you so much? That seems to be the real issue here. Honestly if the picture relates to the article then I don't think twice about it, and since Kevin IS Mr. CrackBerry, it's not really unusual for his picture to be splattered all over the site. If he was the one doing it then one could argue mild narcissism, but it seems that the other writers on this site seem to find pics of Kevin appropriate for their posts.

Posted via CB10 & loving it!

ibimmer

I don't come to a gadgets website to find it splattered with the website owner's photos modeling with the device. I simply cannot stand it. And I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

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KermEd

Looks like you are alone in this... ;)

I don't particularly care if someone is in a photo or not. And when Kevin is in a photo it usually includes tech gadgetry.

What is the real reason that seeing pictures of Kevin makes you uncomfortable and start mentioning homosexual tendencies I wonder.

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Kat0908

I second this. He is totally alone in that opinion. I don't mind seeing Kevin's face in the blog, it just shows how enthusiastic, involved and PASSIONATE about what he does. Nothing wrong with that and I for one appreciate it.

BravoZuluDelta

I only come here for the Kevin photos.

*swoon*

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Crackberrykills

So...no pics of Kevin. Got it. Perhaps he is just too hot, and you cannot take seeing his pics posted on the site. I understand.

ibimmer

You mad bro?

I just don't want to see pictures of him (or any other human being for that matter) when reading a review of an electronic device. I sets as simple as that. Is this too much to ask for?

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vzw8830

It's such a non issue, just skip over the picture if it really bothers you.

freedomx20a

i guess you never dealt with emotional women on their time of the month. They need to bitch and they need drama. So cut her some slack.

Crackberrykills

I am not your bro, bro. And, you are the one who seems to be emotional. But hey, whatever floats your dinghy.

BruvvaPete2

I'm wondering how you're feeling right about now. Now that you're getting crapped on by everyone. Ohhhh! It's dodoo baby! You mad, bro?

TouchScreen123

LOL is this an thread on Skype or Kevin? Kevin is cool and I have no probs with the guy and cant see why anyone would even suggest he doesnt put his own pic up on his articles. The guy is a reviewer after all.

ANYWAY getting to the relevant issue here. I'm happy Skype finially made it to the platform. Just waiting patiently for BB10 to come to the Playbook so I can have Skype on it.

Playbook owner since day one April 19, 2011

workerb

Just digging a hole and making it deeper, dude. How many more groups or people do you plan to offend (no offense)?

summer191

- 1000000...

You got the idea...

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BlackBerry4LifeVince

The "No more pictures of Kevin comment" might be the most ridiculous and dumbest comment I've seen on this site...ever lol.

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Crackberrykills

Can we applaud or like this comment a thousand times?

birdman_36

Second!

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Leury

Nice yo see!

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takeo

Just sucks the battery dry due to the fact that it's an Android port :(

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diegonei

You're saying it sucks the battery only based on the fact it is a port?

I have been running it since the leaked bar was out and I call BS on this statement.

Sorry.

takeo

You call bullshit? How about you compare - which I did. It sucks the battery, since it's always active in the background.

KemKev

You can log out of it. I have used it and it doesn't drain my battery at all.

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jvictor77

Don't even log out of it - it does not drain my battery to any noticeable extent.

Supa_Fly1

Not to mention that this being a port you cannot individually select what kind of personal or device access it gets ... I don't recall paying attention to other ports I've used (haven't bothered to re-install them) if this is the norm.

willowbeast

Boo android port.

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diegonei

So you rather not have it at all?

What if I say the android port works properly, just like it does on Android and iOS? Because well, it pretty much does...

kndL

BlackBerry 10 IS NOT Android Player Device as you know..

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Juango94

I'm tired of being a conformist. I demand a native app for the BB10 platform.

bluetroll

Thanks. Downloading now

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Steppschuh

If you don't have 10.1 yet you can still sideload Skype
http://bb10bars.net/?p=748

lessthn_0

Yes and it works. I've used it and it hasn't drained my battery. Maybe reload your OS? I had to drain my battery completely like 3x and then charge it completely which gave me more battery life.

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KermEd

I had it crash a bit on Os 10.0. But other have it fine. :)

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jl_06

Anybody know if this version is higher than the leak?

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bbsince2008

It's the same version as the leak

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htcwf

Unavailable, boooo

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xtremesniper

Skype confirmed to me on Twitter that a native version was in the works, saying that they're working on it and to "stay tuned for more information".

Just a heads up.

goutiermy

Can you share that confirmation?

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diegonei

Can we have the link for that tweet?

xtremesniper

Sure, here's the link. Or, you know, you can also just ask them yourselves.

http://twitter.com/Skype/status/328594308095680512

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KermEd

Thank you :)

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birdman_38

@xtremesniper, it's really not a big deal when someone asks you to back up what you've claimed.

Ayakinfemi

Yh, we didn't buy a BlackBerry for Android ports
. Boooooo!!!

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Thunderbuck

Again, would you rather wait another 6 months for a native app and not have it at all in the meantime?

From the awesome virtual keyboard of my Z10

kidcalis

Could it mean that the official 10.1 will be available within 24 hours???

Z10 or Q10? That is the question!

japruldoank

Yep, it's android port

Z10 10.1.0.1720

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iAbdullah_HB

Will we see Skype system developed specifically for BlackBerry? Transferred from the Android applications do not support Arabic language and shown by incomprehensible!! (Very bad )

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BruvvaPete2

Please review prior comments before posting.

birdman_38

That's the blind risk BlackBerry is taking by allowing Android ports. You should post that in the forums. It might make a good discussion topic.

whatsever

It works. Just tested with mum. Quality is ok

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kthhrrsn

Outstanding!!!!!!!! I'll delete the side loaded app, in case they've made improvements. But it worked great!!

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Chanlion

Doesn't matter if it's an Android port. It was properly designed with BB, even has headless. Doesn't matter if it's android as long as it's built right.

gord888

+1

While I do prefer native apps, bb10 was built for Android too... so it isn't as bad as people make it out to be.

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diggin4aliving

Waiting for Rogers to officially update to 10.1 Hope they arent going to drag their feet this time.

NoAhB0Dy

Not sure why you suggest they drag their feet....they didn't sit on the 10.0.10.85 release?!?

Posted via CB10 on my Zed10.

GeneralHerzog

He's referring to Operating OS version 10.1 not Software version 10.0.10.85

The carriers released it 'quicker' only because the delay between us having it in our hands and the update was less than the usual wait.

The same will most likely apply with 10.1 (again, the operating system not the software version) as the Q led the update trial for the carriers.

The next OS update will be a better test of carrier delays (or so I imagine)

Posted from the CB App on my White Zed 10

rajbir01

Look how many updates people want right away. Like relax people. I'd like to see u push out updates every week.

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BruvvaPete2

Wadr Rogers was the first in Canada to offer reservations for the Z10. That's not dragging their feet imo.

DetlevCM

Nice - I hope it will run as well as the side loaded version :)

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PD in T-DOT

Looking to clarify; should I remove the side load and install the BlackBerry World version? Any difference in functionality?

Posted from my Z10

00stryder

Well, if they make any updates, you'll get notified if you install the one from World. It's the same file though so at this time you probably won't notice any difference.

Posted via CB10 & loving it!

RIMperator

Agree. You should re-download it even to only provide the right statistics to skype, otherwise they don't understand how strong interest /installed base is!

sanaking

Wait,i hope that didn't mean that the 3 month subscriptions are over?i was about to try for mitine tomorrow!
well the page is still up so that's a good sign :-)

koool1

Someday maybe we can get 10.1?

I wish BlackBerry would roll these updates to everyone instead of just some.

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bmercer94

The carrier controls updates

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Bs06TL

I still can't make calls or send messages, but I can receive no problem...happened to me with 10.0 side loaded 10.1s....now even the official version does it....it starts to call then fails after one ring..

Bs06TL

Oh I'm on tmobile USA 100-3. I'm really hoping someone could help me out here

lessthn_0

Just side load it. Find the .bar file and hook up your phone us to pc open up the app vnBB1010, locate Skype and install. Worked for me and have no issues.

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lessthn_0

And I'm on T-Mobile with the -3 as well. Hope that helps.

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Bs06TL

I've tried the side loaded version. I've also tried the official port different logins and different leaks. None of these are working... it's getting to be pretty fucking frustrating. the app in itself works minus the fact that I cannot make calls... I can log in and receive calls just fine..

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mufc1

Why's it always labelled and preview in BBW?

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Thunderbuck

Not the final release version, that's why.

From the awesome virtual keyboard of my Z10

nasca

What about the viber? Who knows?

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UntoAble

The 3 months Skype offer is a limited region offer i signed up for it and it said not available for your region. ?

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Young Z

Wonder if the 3 month promotion can be applied to existing customers...

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lurk_n_post_2000

The faq says you get one voucher per blackberry 10 device, and you can redeem the voucher to an existing account or create a new one. It's a three month "unlimited world" subscription.

KemKev

It is limited in that the countries one can call for free are "restricted".

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vladi

Why cant they just integrate it in phone app itself like WebOS did? Having and app to make separate call is stupid.

brunolovesbrit

Can't wait to see 10.1 available and download Skype.

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jojo beaconsfield

I'll wait,btw, great timing for Mothers Day!!!

Sparticusink

Can't wait for 10.1 to arrive in the UK

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derizzle

Finally the long awaited app but unfortunately it's unavailable for my z10 device...

Sent by Bbry Z10

darkoman4

Heck, sideloaded port runs better then microsoft's own on windows phones

WhiteSpir1t

App not native. App deleted.

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ZvjerOPC

That's pretty much how I function, too ;-)

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BruvvaPete2

You clearly did not read the blog. It's right there in black and white. Android port.

emanuscript

Waiting for Verizon to roll out 10.1, still on 10.0.9. I dig that we have a leaked version though.

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toneytone

Functions just like the side loaded version for me.

geoffsdad

Cmon Viber

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Jazzy_starz

I've been waiting almost 3 months for this and it's a god damn android port... disappointing...

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ESCON

and you extra sign in for this special comment ?

ZvjerOPC

Tried it. First it crashed the whole android virtual machine. After reboot I run it again and my whole phone freezed for a while. And the third time I managed to get a call going but there was no sound and picture and the app jammed again. I have leaked 1720 build of 10.1 OS on STL-1 but the whole thing with Android version of Skype is still very unstable!

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rjedge54

Not here (10.1.0.1762 STL100-3). Both the sideloaded version and the BBW version are working fine here. Even better than the iPhone version. Video is full screen, video and audio quality are very good and very little additional battery drain. Tested it with a co-worker on his iPhone 5s and he was wondering how he could get his full screen like mine. :)

Bravo-_-

It doesn't work on my z10 running 10.1.0.1627 keeps telling me their is a problem singing in.

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cissy243

it doesn't work for! Need help

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Lendy Lopez

Damn all this time waiting for it and advertising it like crazy and all that and is a fucking android port? Come on. I dnt care about how many tweeks they did to it still an android port. We need NATIVE apps. Fuck Skype!!

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fbloise

Awesome news DJ!

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Fnen90

After the beta version will be native or what ??

Fadiga Youssouf

Any idea when blackberry 10 for Z10 will be officially launched?

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dhildreth09

Skype is currently building the native app, chill

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nademon

Running pretty good here. No issues really, though the framerates do seem kind of slow (for the app itself, not really on the video calls). I would imagine native would run much smoother, but it's good enough for now.

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Doc Dibble

BBM video all the way

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KrAaY

Cant download skype on my Z10 atm. Appworld says noooooo, and gives me the red.

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wftl

I want to complain that we don't see enough pictures attached to reviewer posts. Are you guys afraid to show your faces? It's like you aren't willing to stand behind your words with your face. Sort of. You know?

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ttgapers

I get the same silly error. System apps not responding. No choice but to pull the battery.
:(

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Kryngle

This version seems to really be for the Q10. When I go to BBW it still shows Skype as to "coming soon". I even called my bro (iPhone 4) and I can see him but he can't see me. Dunno why but that's the furthest I can get with this app.

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deremi

On Verizon with 10.1 and no Skype.

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KrAaY

@wftl, where is your photo?

What a nonens, like a review is worth more when u see the face of the writer.

Get real.

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Hphv

Does not work well at all! Slow, sluggish and slows down the rest. Had to reset my phone after playing with it.

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boody78

Am I the only one who thinks it runs better than the side loaded version? I was having a few issues with the sideload that seem to be gone now.

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K007A

I'm sick of Android port. Is BB second class phone now!?

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Kicker-69

Just DL, I have audio and video, but it wouldn't send video.

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matt74#CB

Has anyone had problems with other ppl seeing you through Skype, when u are on your blackberry. Don't sure how to fix it. I'm running 10.1.1726 on my Z10

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boody78

Are you trying to Skype to an iphone? My gf's iphone wouldn't show video and had all sorts of issues. I googled it and found that the iphone app is pos. I set her profile to "male" and then everything worked fine. As for calling a pc its always worked perfectly. I haven't tried skyping another z10 so idk.

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frantzj

I try to download it for my phone it said unavailable for this device

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dominoes20

Running latest version of 10.1 and no issues. Running for same as the leaked version. I'm on 4G Which probably helps. Using the 3 month world calling and the Skype phone number. All working smoothly.
Have to say for an Android port this is pretty good.

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alajjana

Did anyone else notice that this app is self loading at startup, and seems to run in the background? My imagination?

Trick_Deck

Question to anyone who knows. I got the skype world calling subscription BlackBerry is promoting for this but when I go to make a call it says no skype credit available. How do you get this to work?

Via CB10 on AT&T Z10

tgzgeorge

Such a pointless article.

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bbudyn

I have the same issue as trick deck...anyone know why the subscription doesn't work?

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aleid

Every body complain about Android applications, and I think blackberry do this as a temporary solution for some period of time almost one year and they will stop it, so for now you can get many applications meby they were never care about bb10 and now start dov apps for it such as whatsapp viber and more a others who says they don't support bb10

This is what I thinking

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erniel

Great! Now if only i can remember my Skype password.... hmmmmm

Seriously - thanks Skype!

Posted via CB with STL100-2

BruvvaPete2

Lol @ this comment. I have so many passwords I get messed up all the time.

Lendy Lopez

Skype can take their slow android port and shove it up its ass. We want NATIVE. All these time waiting for it and they dnt even bother to make a native want? I'm not using it....

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TouchScreen123

Think of it this way. Win phone is in direct competition with Blackberry for the #3 spot, so why on earth would Microsoft make a native Skype app for Blackberry to make their competition look good? Bill Gates isn't worth 67 billion for being a nice guy and doing the competition favors. Native Skype isn't gonna happen, so its an android port or nothing. Thems the breaks.

marvini

When will you people learn to have patience and stop complaining?? The Skype in BBW is a preview and you are trying to run it on installed 10.1 that are leaked versions and expect it to work flawlessly??
Wait for the official 10.1 which according to other forums is as early as tomorrow. Then, I'm pretty sure that Skype will work then.
No Skype? Complain. Android port? Complain. Leaked OS? Complain. What next???

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BruvvaPete2

Yup. I'll wait a few more days if necessary for the leak. Tomorrow would be great, but I've waited this long after having my Z for a couple of months, that a little bit of time won't hurt.

heyjohnnybravo

Oh yay, more android apps for my BlackBerry...

Nuryanti Berry

Pls help me how to update my z10 to os10.1
I just check in setting and still dont have new os 10.1 update.
My z10 still running os 10.0.10.90 version,ao i cant dwnld skype.. make me so frustrated.

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BruvvaPete2

If you do not know how to install the leaked version of 10.1 I strongly urge you to wait until your carrier officially makes it available to you. There would be less chance of making a mistake.

toneytone

I will agree that it's not ideal to have android ports but apps like flipboard makes me glad to beable to either side load or have these apps available in our app world. Some folks just love to complain.

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edh2860

Tried but video chat not working properly. The other line cannot me.

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macsberries

Would rather have an official Instagram app. Honesty I would just love more rich features on top of what is already an amazing OS.

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BruvvaPete2

So after this beta version we'll get the native version some time after. Then what will you whiners complain about? Starbucks coffee not the right temperature?

mz_frenchie

It won't let me download it

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stevedefrel

Dude! Who cares!.. If your not gay then don't stare at his pics yo....

america360

It crashed. Slow down the BB. I delete it. Please do not offer apps that do not work.

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ttgapers

Has been happening for me since the sideload. And this is the same version and thus same behaviour.

Hoping for a newer build soon.

Kunal Mishra

I am loving it..;)

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Bikram Kochar

Its an android port...so i guess theres no need of loadingba leaked version. its available on crackberry n working fine..but the fones heats up.. otherwise no issues.. i found certain bugs in the leaked version like i was nt getting notifications of facebook everytime i needed to refresh the hub so i restored the version to 10.0.690. N now its working absolutely fine. But one thing i wana say tht bb is big company so it shd not depend upon the android ports, it shd launch its own apps.... samsung htc n nokia are dependent on android n windows but apple n bb hab their own os so its a good sign...if u c the nom android phones of samsung they realy suck..n nokia got fail with its symbian series.. but apple n bb have made their audiance..apple also shd provide some change in their os..cos its really getting bored now.. though its the top phone in the market.. but m a bb z10 user n a very big fan of bb so bb rocks...

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nickthebold

Can't run on devices that aren't 10.1? What another fail

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bbvietnamdotcom

So badly. Removed!

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Jamez Avila

Welp I already had the Android Skype app side loaded onto my Z10. I don't really use it but wanted to show my iPhone zombie friends that I had it too.

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Arun Nambiar

Volume bug persists

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xNOSbz

Always force close, not responding... better version before, not from blackberry world

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jonathan1011

Idiotphone. So disappointed.

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ttgapers

Please release an updated version BlackBerry and Skype. Get it right. Oh and when can we expect MS Lync messaging integration as previously published?

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chaddy023

running great but does not integrate with the hub

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KMB4

I don't understand most if these comments. Mine is working fine. I'm on Verizon with their latest version. I side loaded Skype from the CB link a few weeks ago. It is a preview but it works fine. I called my girlfriend on her iPhone and it was a bit sluggish on her end (meaning her Skype was slow). I said it was to be expected since I was on 4G. She smirked at that lol. We tried it also on her laptop and had the same results. My 4GLTE is faster than her home network.

I would suggest reinstalling Skype for those that are having problems. Since I can get it to work on Verizon's official build, I'm sure you'll be able to get it to work...at least those that are within the regions that they'll open it up to

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skelleytech

Nope, Verizon user here. No 10.1 = No Skype! Thanks Verizon.

nazree

Works just fine here on stl. 2, 10.1.0.1762

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matt74#CB

The problem was I had an older version of skype on my computer. I update skype now we can see each other.

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simi2

BlackBerry z10 doesn't quite have the Skype app working just yet hopefully we have it pretty soon and just in case I've been the slacker I'd be very delighted if anyone could inform me about the progress of the app on z10.

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troy lee

Unfortunately the update to 10.1 still not available here Cambodia :(

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jpyarlagadda

It is not working on my z10 "you cannot be signed in at this time. Please check your mobile network settings and try again "

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smithereenz

Installed 10.1 at the weekend with no issues at l and currently have Skype up and running, tested it with a couple of video calls here in the office with guys on Android nd it was seamless :)

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Ric Nuls

Now I have my skype... tnx for d updates...

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mufyd_me

The three months free subscription is not available in Qatar. When I register in the link given in the article with my IMEI, it's says offer not available in the country :(