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We go hands on with Skype on the BlackBerry Q10

By James Richardson on 25 Apr 2013 07:28 am EDT

We told you that Skype had become available for the few lucky folk that have the BlackBerry Q10 or the Dev Alpha C, so in true CrackBerry fashion it's time to show you how it looks on video. Although the app is an Android port it seems to work perfectly for me as you will see.

All the features you would expect are there - such as instant messaging, phone calls and video calls so I'm currently a very happy chap. The word on the street is that Skype will be available for the Z10 in the next couple of weeks so fingers crossed that happens.

As you will see, the quality of the video call I made to Bla1ze certainly wasn't as crisp as we have seen with BBM video calls but that may just be down to our network coverage. I'm not sure if he was connected to Wi-Fi but I was just using 3G as I have unlimited data. And that's another thing to think about - if your data plan is restricted you may want to keep an eye on how close you get to your allowance if you use Skype a lot over the mobile network.

So although this test lacked a wee bit in video quality it still works and that's the key factor. I'll test out some more video calls later and edit this post if needed.

  • Skype to Skype IMs, video and voice calls are free* over 3G or WiFi. 
  • Make low-cost calls and send SMS messages to mobiles or landlines from your BlackBerry® smartphone.
  • Send pictures, videos and files to any of your contacts.
  • Enjoy high-quality sound when you call anyone else who is on Skype.
  • Talk face to face or show what you’re seeing with front and rear-facing cameras.
  • Talk to your Windows Live Messenger friends on Skype. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account and have your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook contacts in one place.

Hands up who's excited for Skype on BlackBerry 10?

Download Skype (Preview) for the BlackBerry Q10



why does he have to press things on it like 2 3 times everytime, opening, slecting a contact, swiping and trying to slect the twxt box to input a message? is the screen poor for touch gestures?


Nah, the app is still kinda of slow. Hence why it's only a "Preview". Plus, I'm sure being behind a camera didn't help much.


oh ok may be app lag not device lag thats ok then always worth checking as its a new device


You know how they can fix that slowness right?
Build the App Natively ;)

Plazmic Flame

Can you buy Skype credit through the app??


no, this preview version tells you your credit but only provides a link to the webpage in order to buy more.


I want it too for my Z10!

Posted via CB10


it will come...and i will loveeeeee it :D

hope it gets native eventually though

Mecca EL

Another great app to add to the catalog. Thanks for the post guys.

Posted via CB10


App is not very responsive at all

Posted via CB10

R Field

Thanks for the quick review James/Blaze.

CB10- BlackBerry Z10


This is great! But I really do hope the z10 version comes out soon enough. Skyping with relatives abroad should be great on the z10! Loving this phone!! :D

Posted via CB10


Sooooo how bout that .bar file for the Z10 you know you want to :D

Posted via CB 10 via my shiny white Zed 10


I would have liked to see the integration of hub with Skype...


Soooo how bout that .bar file for the Z10 you know you want to :D

Posted via CB 10 via my shiny white Zed 10


At least its here and working.
Now I can only hope they keep improving it over time!
I guess there should also be another increase in performance once BB10 gets the 4.1 Android player.


Double post sorry guys network been acting up all day

Posted via CB 10 via my shiny white Zed 10

Mohammed Shamma

Cant wait to have it on my z10

Posted via CB10


Will only *really* be excited when you post: "Skype available for Z10".

Posted via CB10


Same. It should have come out already! Same thing with Spotify.

Posted via CB10


I will only be really excited when I see "Skype Built for BlackBerry 10", as opposed to an Android port. Having to run the Android VM underneath Skype is going to be a bigger drain on battery and doesn't use the "peek & flow" UX paradigm of BB10 optimized apps. Here's hoping that MS's Skype business unit comes to their senses sooner rather than later.

Jimberry Storm

Thanks Guys, if you get and updated (pre or release version) can you demo from BB to iOS or Android?


I wonder how much of the video lag was due to 3G?

Now for the ketchup song until it is available for the Z10...

Posted via CB10


What version of the app was released for a10? My version on the Z10 is a little buggy. Missing contact integration but then I'm using

P.S. Already tried on the Playbook and it doesn't work

Posted via CB10

Dave Bourque

Not impressed with the app performance... we waited months for release for something subpar...

Posted via CB10


You should probably wait until the 'preview' tag gets dropped before passing any real judgment on it.

Posted via CB10


Finger cross for all the skype lover :)

Posted via CB10


If we keep pestering, like we did for Netflix, maybe we will get the bar file for the Z10!

Posted via CB10


why? The official app in Blackberry World will be out by BlackBerry live. Why let people sideload a preview app when the real app is available in two weeks?


Hi James,

Can you try Skyping between the Q10 and a desktop? I'd like to see how two officially supported Skype versions compare to the Q10/Z10, and move the Q10 to WiFi!

James Richardson

I quite often have to tap more than once due to being behind the camera. Annoying but that's just the way it is.

Posted via CB10


Bla1ze do it up. make us all very happy!


How about we get Skype on zed10 lol

Posted via CB10


We're getting all excited about an Android port. Really? We haven't had enough time to come out with a native??? I'll toast when there's a native Skype and instagram. Come on BlackBerry.

Posted via CB10


In order for dyed-in-wool iPh*one and Android users switch over to BB10/Q10/Z10, WhatsApp and now Skype are some of the big marquee names that one would expect to be available. (And I'm not talking about those BlackBerry fans who have temporarily switched to other platforms and returning to BB10).

So an Android port of Skype is a (minimal) start.

As more and more iPh*one and Android users switch to BB10, developers would devote even more resources, eventually a native BB10 App would appear!

Certainly the WhatsApp is going in this direction; hopefully Skype would also be following this path as well!

Things are looking up!


OK, now bring us Spotify ffs!

Posted via CB10


What's with the asterisk next to free? If this costs to use im or video over network (apart from bandwidth) you should let us know.

Posted via CB10


Skype offers different services. Skype to Skype is always free. The asterisk is for the other services they offer such as Skype to go numbers, calling landlines. Etc.. visit the Skype website if you need the full run down.

Posted via CB10


Generally people would expect to have seen a footnote explaining the asterisk at the end of the article.


Erott: you mean come on Skype and Instagram, right?

Posted via CB10

Jeandry Brito

We need native Apps for BlackBerry not android app. We need Spotify, Instagram and Full completed Skype apps.
Can you at least post the. Bar file for the BlackBerry Z10? (Skype)

Posted via CB10


How is this even working for you? Horrible experience on Dev Alpha C...

Posted via CB10


Could someone (of the lucky Q10 owners) did try "Call to land lines" ( or cell phone) using Skype. I would like to know if it is running well with clear voice over WiFi and/or 3G, LTE.
Obviously I'm not expecting sounds & video quality to be better then BBM 10, but when calling overseas to land line ...BBM did not offer the option.


I called Rogers customer care over it using WIFI and they had no issues hearing me and I, no issues hearing them.

Posted via CB10


I just saw a comment in Blackberry World saying Skype is apparently running in background !?!
Is that right, because that may also means that OS 10.1 is now allowing running apps in background.
Please someone confirm that..


Headless app, just like Phone, BBM and Whatsapp.


Why we cant have skype for z10?

Posted via CB10


It took this long and with all the hype since the Z10 launch just for us to be served with a laggy android port. What a disappointment.

Posted from my Z10


its a preview app, not the final release... I don't understand why this is so hard to comprehend. it came out months ago that it would be an android port. I have it on my Q10 and it runs pretty great as is.

how about judge something when you actually get a chance to put it to use.


Also, think it's about time kevin et al stop being hc fanboys just for a while and let thorsten and the rest know this is just not gonna cut it. Yes, im that dissapointed.

Posted from my Z10


Looks awesome

Posted via CB10


its not native, and probably never will be. Until BB upgrades the Android player, these apps are just "garbage" compared to the UI experience of the BB10.


Looks good to me!

Posted via CB10


If you're so gd disappointed with a 'preview' app, then don't download it when it comes out. Everyone else, quit asking for the .bar file and just relax until it's available through the proper channels. This is not a matter of running a currently available Android release through a converter (which has already been tried countless times.)

Posted from my Z10


Oh good, another gd blind man on a bb stick. My concern is more towards the slow development of Os10 apps which is obviously the only handicap of an awesome platform that is bb10. I don't fu*ki*g care about skype, im dissapointed with the way they've managed to build up false expectations. Don't start with the iphone argument since its 2013 and app development is miles ahead compared to 5-6 years ago.

This kind of attitude is what got bb to its situation for the last 2 years.

Posted from my Z10


Yeah, you sound like you don't care. You don't know me at all, nor my attitude towards BB, nor BB's attitude, or are you a mind-reader?


An automatic attitude of its a port or the performance isn't yet good enough so this is a waste of time is just pointless though because a port like this at least reduces one of the barriers that somebody might have to moving to bb10 and once more people are on there it obviously increases the chance that they can use the vastly superior bbm video with contacts instead.


Not only is it cool that it's shown. My Q10 crush deepens!

Louis Belshaw

I can't believe this is for real how is this not on z10? ....

Posted via CB10


"Although the app is an Android port it seems to work perfectly for me as you will see." Doesn't matter if it works perfectly, I bought a BlackBerry, not a damn Android. I want apps made for a BlackBerry, not shit Android ports.


Well, you could always get an android, see if that will run BB apps. (hint: it won't)


Pretty cool table top James :-)

Posted via CB10

Peter Charlton

Can u not share the Barr file

Posted via Z10


It's an android port? How lame!! Where is native at launch? No wonder it is slow.


Is it coming for PlayBook as well or just the BlackBerry 10 devices?

Erit Gonzalez

I want a blackberry q10 so bad

Posted via CB10

Winston Loh

Excited? Definitely... :-)

Posted via CB10


'Enjoy high-quality sound when you call anyone else who is on Skype.'

Wow, sounds better than every other version I've ever used ;)


Hi am loyal to blackberry but they let me down on the Z10 with Skype as until now it's not available. To make it worse they announce the Q10 will come with Skype. I just don't believe it that we BlackBerry Z10 users have this petty issue of not having Skype.

Posted via CB10


Android port = band aid solution = doesn't impress.

Posted via CB10


Definitely looking forward to Skype for my Z10, not in a panic but it will be nice as it is my only phone and my Telus plan slays me when I call the USA, till then I will Skype from my Desktop like I do now.


Will this be/ or is it a native app for BB?

Posted via CB10 on my BBZ10


At least you will be able to communicate with people through skype in an OK way. It opens the door for a native app aswell as drawing more people to the platform as BB is able to say "We have skype." Would it be better to not have Skype at all? Hell no. Give it time for a native application, will be considered by Skype once the platform has evolved.


Skype for z10 pls...

Posted via CB10


Well... for the time being, this android port of a video chat client will suffice, till OovoO release their (what should be) native app. Which then, I hope all you whiners jump the skype ship for a more superior chat client.

Louis Belshaw

BlackBerry 10 is my heart and soul but are you for real? It's almost offensive for them to be saying Skype is on the q10 and NOT on the z10 wtf is that about, absolute bull

Posted via CB10


i know its an android port but does it have blackberry hub integeration would IM messages , call show there??

Posted via CB10


Great demo James! (and show your face more often!)


Works perfectly no issues here, Z10... Well happy we finally have skype. Runs pretty smooth call quality is awsome. Does this run background or need tab open ?


Is Oovoo on BB10 yet? It needs to be, Oovoo is way better than Skype.

Dave XII

Guys, you think it will be portable to Playbook OS?


well, if after all that time it's an android port... why wasn't it on from day 1 ?


FYI - Skype is only a preview it's not the full production version like the folk at CB think it is.. Check Skype's other mobile forum and here's the link on AppWorld -


does it work only on wifi or also on data service?


Nice, now do something really impressive. Get Skype to the Playbook...SICKENINGLY OVERDUE!!!

Brutal Efficiency

This is the only app I have been waiting for. After this, I will only be looking forward to enhancements in the OS.

Although, I guess I could do with Path.Inc in the app store.

Blackberry Faithful