It has only been a few months since eBay sold Skype back to its original founders, but oh what a difference a few months can make.
Back in December I wrote a piece here at TechnoBuffalo entitled “With eBay Out Of The Picture, Can Skype Get Its Mojo Back?”, and I think the clear answer is that it indeed can. Under eBay’s leadership, the company seemed to lose all sense of direction, it mainly just treaded water for all of the years it was with the auction company, but now that it is back out on its own, it’s like company wants to accomplish as much as it can, as quickly as it can.
We’ve talked at length about Skype’s impending deals with television manufacturers: first with LG Electronics and Panasonic, and more recently with Samsung. This is a quantum leap forward in the capabilities of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for the masses out there, but what may yet another game changer for everyone will be the fact mobile carriers are now letting Skype have their way with their handsets.
For some time now, users of the UKs Mobile 3 phone service have been able to use Skype when and where they wanted. It doesn’t take a Wi-Fi connection, and you can use it on the go as you please, making Skype calls the whole way. While this had long ago seemed like it would never happen here, all of that is changing on March 25th with the launch of Skype services on Verizon in the United States.
The line-up of phones that can use the service include:
- BlackBerry Storm 9530
- BlackBerry Storm2
- BlackBerry Curve 8330
- BlackBerry Curve 8530
- BlackBerry Curve 8830 World Edition
- BlackBerry Tour 9630
- Motorola Droid
- HTC Droid Eris
- Motorola Devour
These phones will be able to make free unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls, instant message with Skype contacts and make international calls at greatly reduced rates starting at two cents a minute.
It is looking more and more like eBay just had no clue what to do with the company, and just sat on them from making any innovations while they were in control. To be sure, some of these deals had to be in motion before the sell off, or possibly Skype was sitting on them and just waiting for the auction company to leave, because you don’t make deals like these over night.
Whatever the case is, it does appear that Skype is on its to being the innovative company we all knew and love years ago again. And I, for one. can’t wait to see what they dream up next.