BlackBerry Apps | 38 Comments Skype is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers Skype has announced that it is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers. Instead of charging VAT when customers add credit, Skype will add the relevant taxes when you actually use the service to make a call or buy a new subscription. Until now, 15% VAT (8% for Swiss residents) was...


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Jul 01, 2014 Skype is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers


Skype has announced that it is changing the way it charges VAT to EU customers. Instead of charging VAT when customers add credit, Skype will add the relevant taxes when you actually use the service to make a call or buy a new subscription.

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Jun 11, 2014 Skype for BlackBerry update brings cloud based chats and other improvements

It's been a bit since we've seen Skype get an update, but today a new version has landed that brings along some new features and improvements. It's still a bit wonky at times — as most of Skype's apps are — but it's certainly come a long way. New in this version you'll find cloud based chats, updated registration flow, performance improvements and various other bug fixes.

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May 27, 2014 Real-time speech translation coming to Skype later this year


At the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA tonight, head of Microsoft's Skype and Lync Gurdeep Singh Pall showed off a peek at what he and his team have been working on — real-time speech translation for Skype calls.

The demo showed Pall's English being translated — both the speech and in captions — to German, as his German colleague's voice was translated to English. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the feature would be available (in beta) later this year. The company plans to have the feature on "as many devices and apps as possible."

Source: Tech Crunch

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Apr 29, 2014 Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Skype has evolved. Microsoft recently announced that group video calling would be available for everyone to use for free. Previously, you were required to have a Premium account. But what about those who were (and still are) subscribed and paying for the luxury? Skype has you covered with a small thank you upgrade package. Put short, you'll be able to call to countries around the world at no extra cost.

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Feb 08, 2014 Skype for BlackBerry 10 updated to improve video calling and messaging

Back in October Skype for BlackBerry 10 got a nice update that brought a new UI but since then the app hasn't any other updates. Now though, a new release is filtering through BlackBerry World that will hopefully improve the overall experience when using the app. As noted in the change log, the update addresses some bugs with video calling and messaging. Outside of that, Skype just noted 'other improvements' as being the biggest change. In any case, the update is live now in BlackBerry World.

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Oct 26, 2013 Could a native BlackBerry 10 Skype app be on its way?

Could a native BlackBerry 10 Skype app be on its way?

When it was first announced that Skype would be coming to BlackBerry 10 back in January, it got many people excited but the question at the time was will it be native, or would it be an Android port. That question was then answered via the Skype website itself. It was going to be an Android port. While many complained it was a port, others gladly downloaded it but it was buggy to say the least. Updates were pushed out to make things smoother but you still can't beat a native app.

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Oct 25, 2013 Skype updated with a new UI - Now available in BlackBerry World

Skype Preview updated with a new UI, available in BlackBerry World

BlackBerry 10 devices finally got Skype back in April 2013. Initially for the BlackBerry Q10 with OS 10.1 and the Z10 followed suit around May. It has had a few updates since then and today we see another update occur. There is no changelog but upon updating you'll see that it has a UI change. It is still an Android port but it seems to be smoother than it was.

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Jun 21, 2013 Skype expands voucher offer - Sign up now for a free 3-month Skype Unlimited World subscription

Back in April Skype offered up free 3-month vouchers for Skype Unlimited World subscriptions. The offer was valid in specific regions and only for a limited time, but they have now expanded the offer so even more customers can take advantage of it.

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Jun 17, 2013 How to send a Skype video message on BlackBerry 10

Did you know you can send video messages through Skype? Here's how!

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Jun 13, 2013 Skype for BlackBerry 10 updated with bug fixes and stability improvements

While still listed as a preview, a new version of Skype for BlackBerry 10 is rolling out through BlackBerry World right now and it's noted to include several bug fixes and stability improvements. Noted as being v3.2.439.50, Skype was nice enough to include a full change log to go with it, so here's some of the highlights for you all:

  • Bug fixes in preview window and when switching camera during video calling
  • Improvements in contact search in Skype Directory
  • Easy Skype Credit purchase from within the Skype app
  • Stability improvements and other bug fixes

The issue with switching cameras was a big one for me, so glad to that is being fixed up. If you've been having any issues with the Skype app, go ahead and get yourself updated and let us know in the comments how this new version is working out for you. If you're looking to learn more about Skype or download the app, you can hit the link for the CrackBerry app gallery below.

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May 14, 2013 Skype now available for the BlackBerry Z10

We saw Skype pop up in BlackBerry World over the weekend for the BlackBerry Z10, but at that point only users running a leaked version of OS 10.1 could get at it. Today with the announcement that OS 10.1 will be rolling out for the Z10, users will finally be able to install Skype from BlackBerry World.

It's been a hot topic for months now and as BlackBerry Q10 users have had access to Skype since launch, Z10 users can now take part in the fun as well. 

Once you update your Z10 to OS 10.1, Skype should show in BlackBerry World for you to download. 

More information/Download Skype for BlackBerry 10

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May 12, 2013 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

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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Apr 26, 2013 Download Skype for the BlackBerry Z10 ahead of official release

As you all know, Skype has been released for the BlackBerry Q10 officially but those of you with a BlackBerry Z10 will have to wait. If you're the adventurous type though and don't mind sideloading an app, you can have Skype on your BlackBerry Z10 right now. It's the same build as what is on the BlackBerry Q10 but it works fine on the BlackBerry Z10 all things considered.

If you're looking to give it a go, hit the link below. Just remember, it's not an official build as of yet for the Z10 and there is some issues with it. Plus, when it does arrive officially, you should be sure to download that version as well so that you're at least relaying the right download numbers back to Skype. 

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Apr 25, 2013 We go hands on with Skype on the BlackBerry Q10

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.

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Apr 24, 2013 Skype for the BlackBerry Q10 now available in BlackBerry World

If you're one of the lucky ducks that happens to have a BlackBerry Q10 or Dev Alpha C, you'll be happy to know that Skype is now available for download in BlackBerry World. It looks like it's still in somewhat of a beta for now as it's called Skype (Preview) but it should be pretty solid overall.

We did get a chance to check it out on our BlackBerry Q10 review unit and it's running great overall. Voice calls, video chat and IM are all there and ready to rock. 

Features include:

  • 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.

Q10/Dev Alpha C users can head to the link below to grab Skype now. Z10 users will sadly have to hang tight a bit longer.

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Mar 14, 2013 Soulja Boy Instagrams photo of BlackBerry Z10 running Skype Beta

Skype (Beta)

We don't have the back story on the photo (above) that Soulja Boy posted to Instagram tonight, but I'm guessing the Porsche Design BlackBerry in the background is his, while the Z10 in his hand belongs to somebody from #TEAMBLACKBERRY. With the BlackBerry Z10 hitting the USA next week, it makes sense that some celebs and VIPs would be receiving early demos. 

The real question is... what's the bigger bling in this picture? The chain on Soulja Boy's wrist, or that copy of Skype Beta at the bottom right corner of the home screen. Personally, I'm going to say it's Skype!

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Feb 08, 2013 Skype collaborating with BlackBerry to ensure the app runs well on BlackBerry 10

Skype collaborating with BlackBerry to ensure the app runs well on BlackBerry 10

Yesterday, we were able to confirm that the Skype app coming to BlackBerry 10 would indeed be an Android port initially when it arrives on BlackBerry 10. Understandably, this raised a lot of questions about how well it would work overall and whether or not it play nicely with BlackBerry integration. Earlier today, we received an email from a Skype spokesperson further clarifying the situation and how Skype customers can expect the app to run on BlackBerry 10.

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Feb 07, 2013 Skype for BlackBerry 10 will be an Android port
Skype for BlackBerry 10

Ever since Skype was announced for BlackBerry 10 there have been a lot questions surrounding it. Questions like when will it arrive? Will it be a native app? How well will it integrate? Will it be an Android port? Well, we don't have all of those answers yet, but it's looking like we can at the very least confirm it will be an Android port based on the information shown above which comes directly from the Skype website. Thanks, primusd!

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Jan 30, 2013 Skype for BlackBerry 10 announced!

Skype BlackBerry 10

Wait, what?? Yes, you read the title correctly. SKYPE is coming to BlackBerry 10. You wanted it, you got it. Announced today during the BlackBerry 10 unveiling, Skype stated their plans to support the BlackBerry 10 platform. It's been up in the air as to if it would happen at all, but it did -- and that's pretty awesome. Skype will be available soon on both the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 devices.

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Jan 15, 2013 Skype icons turn up in latest BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update

Skype BlackBerry Icons

In the latest BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha OS update, some sleuthing found a few hidden gems burried in the OS. When diving into the embeded icons, BBVietnam came across the icon set for the device that included not only FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn, but also Skype. Yes, that Skype. Now we can't say for sure what this means (if anything) but it is a good sign. We've had no official word on either side as to if Skype will be available for BlackBerry 10 at all, but the icons do get us a bit curious regardless. 

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Nov 11, 2012 Windows Phone 8 gets Skype (preview)... reminds me just how much I want to see Skype on BlackBerry 10

Literally just minutes ago, Microsoft put live a preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 into their app store. Just to rub some salt on the wounds while we wait for BlackBerry 10, Daniel Rubino (the Editor in Chief of our sister site Windows Phone Central), called me up to test out his shiny new Skype app on his equally shiny and new Nokia Lumia 920. Watch the video above and you can see it in action. Microsoft owns Skype of course, so it's no surprise that they're putting effort into seamlessly integrating Skype into the Windows Phone 8 experience. I'm not going to deny it... the Skype experience in this preview looks real good.

Skype is one of those apps I find people are either 100% down with or just don't care about at all. Personally, I rely on Skype. I'm logged into Skype whenever I'm at the computer and make literally dozens of Skype calls every day. Outside the web browser, Skype is without a doubt my most-used app. It's definitely an app I want to see on my BlackBerry 10 phone come 2013.

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Jun 25, 2012 Netflix, Skype and others - What is RIM doing to close the app gap

Where are the apps? When will RIM get Skype and Netflix on the PlayBook, do they care if they're on the platform?

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Jun 18, 2012 CrackBerry goes to Waterloo - A new RIM for a fresh future

The New RIM is here and on a mission to succeed. They are also committed to helping developers succeed as well.

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May 18, 2012 BlackBerry would have a team of developers at Netflix's door in 24 hours if they asked for it
Hunger Strike for Skype and Netflix!

Here's the deal. When BlackBerry 10 launches later this year, it's critically important that there is no major app gap on the platform. We don't need 500,000 apps (of which 400,000 are crapps), but we do need to have all the major ones there in good functioning order.

Two of the biggies that we still do not have confirmation on are Netflix and Skype. CrackBerry Nation has been very vocal in wanting these two services on the PlayBook/BB10. Heck, we've even done an email petition campaign to the CEO of Skype.

There are lots of good theories as to why Skype and Netflix are not committed to BB10 yet (will save those for another post), but a few days ago RIM's VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders took to twitter in addressing a question which clarified that it's not RIM holding up the Netflix train. If Netflix asked... RIM would have a team of BlackBerry developers at Netflix's door within 24 hours to get the app built. I'm sure the same would hold true for Skype.

So Netflix... and Skype... let's get with it here and confirm you're coming to BlackBerry 10. Just do it.. or else I'm going to have to start getting desperate and sacrifice myself for the cause . And that's blood (and bad PR) that you don't want on your hands. CrackBerry Kevin to go on a Hunger Strike for Skype and Netflix?? You know I would do it. Don't make me.

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Feb 01, 2012 Skype email petition and campaign: We want Skype on the BlackBerry PlayBook!!
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May 09, 2011 Rumor: Microsoft to buy Skype for $7 Billion

BlackBerry App World PlayBook Showing Skype

If you all thought Steve Ballmer showing up during the keynote at BlackBerry World was a little crazy, maybe -- just maybe, there was a little bit more to it then we all realized at the time. No, Microsoft hasn't announced they're making a bid to purchase Research In Motion but -- they have however, according to some rumors floating around made a bid to purchase Skype for $7 billion.

As we know it right now, Skype has really never had much of an impact on the BlackBerry world considering their app is a Verizon exclusive and despite having announced it in the past as being made available for all, that has never actually come to light. If these rumors turn out to be true and the deal gets locked down, it could break the Verizon exclusivity and hopefully bring Skype to not only BlackBerry smartphones but to the BlackBerry PlayBook as well. We'll have to sit back and watch it all unfold but, fun to ponder the ideas while we wait that's for sure.

Update: Looks like it is a done deal, as reported by All Things D. Press release suggested for tomorrow morning.

Source: WSJ; via Android Central

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Apr 25, 2011 Review: IM+ Talk for BlackBerry

IM+ Talk

Skype is one of the best ways to reach out to people for free or cheap. From your desktop or laptop you can enjoy free VoIP or Videos calls between Skype members. You can even get into group video calling. But what if you find yourself without a computer? Armed with your BlackBerry, you can still keep in contact by using the IM+ Talk application. Through IM+ talk, you unlock some of the features that make Skype so useful. Free and Cheap VoIP calls, instant messaging and file sharing between members; you are never too far away from those important to you (whether you can admit they are or not).  Let’s check out what IM+ Talk has to offer.

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