Last week we announced that Skype will no longer be accessible via Nimbuzz starting October 31, 2010, because they asked us to remove support for their service.
Here is what the media had to say about this:
“Nimbuzz is not a small player in the mobile messenger / VoIP space either, any way you look at it. The startup recently announced that it has surpassed 150 million downloads and has 30 million registered users across all major mobile operating systems. Moreover, Nimbuzz claims 3.65 billion mobile voice minutes have been logged over the past year.” – Robin Wauters, TechCrunch
“It used to be that Skype represented an alternative to the totalitarian rule that traditional telecom companies/carriers. Now, with moves like this, the Internet telephony company is just proving to be just another phone company.” – TechCraver
Most of the readers were surprised by Skype decision and disappointed at the same time. For a lot of people Nimbuzz provided a stable connection to Skype and in some cases (i.e. Android and Symbian) it was the only way they could use their Skype account.
While most of our readers were supportive about this change, there were a few people that said they will look for another solution.
We understand your reactions and frustration but we hope you will choose what’s best for you. We hope you will demand more from your mobile phone, and see that Nimbuzz offers you a better solution and a more complete set of tools to manage your online communication.
And this is what you had to say on the blog and the Nimbuzz Facebook page:
“Truly bad news for Skype but good news for Nimbuzz. Your rates are good and even some better than Skype.” Joao Luis
“For me this breakup means that I will not use Nimbuzz anymore.” – Davide
“Won’t miss Skype. Folks should invite friends on Skype to Sign Up on Nimbuzz. Nimbuzz rocks. None like it for chatting.”
Although the Skype removal was unfortunate this was just a piece of the greater puzzle.
With Nimbuzz you still can:
- Make free Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz calls
- Make cheap calls to mobile phones and landlines worldwide with NimbuzzOut (similar to SkypeOut, but cheaper )
- Chat for free with all your friends
- Send and receive files (music, photos and doc) on your mobile
- Connect to your friends on Facebook, MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, MySpace and more.
Nimbuzz is designed to be a true new-generation open mobile service ;).
PS: As always if you any feedback we are here to help. Also we would like to remind you that you can always use the Nimbuzz Forum knowledge base to get a fast answer to your questions. Besides our support team we have some really active users like formidable and Mr. Kevin ) that can help you out.
Image credits goes to: Erik Johansson