100M Mobile VoIP Users by 2012 = a Fat & Happy Skype

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  1. Om, on a related note I wanted to see if you’ve heard anything about a proper Skype client for Android (all Android phones, not just Verizon’s). Skype is a pretty big deal for me and it’s one of two apps I desperately want on the Evo 4G I’m playing with. Not having Skype could be a deal breaker for keeping it as my primary phone.

    1. If you aren’t on Verizon, I wouldn’t hold your breathe. Skype doesn’t have a partner in Canada. When I asked about Skype for Android in Canada I was told that they’re working on getting a Canadian partner.

      My guess is that they’ll initially only offer a client on a favoured service provider. If they go to other carriers my guess is that for now it’ll stay wifi only.

      If they roll out over 3G on the big platforms (iPhone, Android, Blackberry) they’ll crush the market. Having said that, I’m not holding my breath.

    1. As of today, May 29, skype’s new iPhone client delivers on the 3G promise. Now to figure out what they’re talking about when they say “small fee”

  2. if mobile VOIP becomes a $5 billion industry than it will certainly not be the VOIP so many were expecting. the way i see it VOIP was supposed get rid of paid telephony and replace it with endpoint applications over a cheap dumb data pipe. it was not supposed to cost any more than what most people pay for an email account today.

  3. According to my understanding Skype is partnering on the mobile market and unless they are in a partnership e.g. Verizon they are becoming less relevant.
    Instead of being the first at video for Android – Fring was the first yesterday (http://www.fring.com/blog/).
    Personally this is very disappointing. I as you OM was betting on them lately very much.

    Tal

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