What the Skype/Nimbuzz Breakup Means To You

Nimbuzz Skype Switch Off

Yes, it’s true. Skype will no longer be accessible via Nimbuzz starting October 31, 2010. Why? Skype asked us to remove support for their service.

In 2008 we started working on creating a free mobile communications service for the way you live in the online and mobile world, today and in the future. A service used by everyone, no matter what handset, where they were located, or how they wanted to communicate. All your friends in one place, combined with free mobile calls, chat/IM or SMS/texting.

Read on for more on Skype’s decision.

We want to give you the freedom to choose and control every aspect of how you stay in touch with friends, family, and co-workers. Social Networks and IM communities are important to today’s online lifestyle, so we made sure you could connect to your friends on Nimbuzz, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo, Windows Live Messenger (MSN), AIM, GoogleTalk, ICQ and many more – after all, they’re your contacts. Communicate your way, not someone else’s.

With NimbuzzOut (launched November 2009), we took it one step further. Connect with the world saving money on international calls to mobile phones and landlines at much lower rates than traditional mobile operators, even Skype.

The folks at GigaOm agree: “Nimbuzz is on par with Skype.  Bottom line: If you are looking for a well-designed, easy-to-use, all-in-one messaging client that also makes cheap long-distance calls, then you don’t need to look any further than Nimbuzz. I have no qualms in recommending NimbuzzOut.”

Skype’s decision to ask us to stop supporting their service seems to be part of a strategy to disconnect all open third party support. So it doesn’t come as a surprise, but it is certainly unfortunate Instead of locking you in, we will continue to let your mobile do more for you for less, and offer the same quality of free and low cost communications services. It’s your Phone. They’re your contacts. Communicate your way, not someone else’s.

For us at Nimbuzz, this news confirms our belief that we have taken the next step in the evolution of mobile communication. We created a universal communications service that lets you Demand More from your Mobile Phone.

30 million of you already agree with us and the fact that we serve over 3.65 billion mobile voice minutes per year makes us want to continue to improve and evolve Nimbuzz, the way you want to see it.

Since we were asked to remove support for Skype and SkypeOut, we figured you might appreciate it if we make our already cheaper NimbuzzOut service even more attractive!

So here is what we are doing to make things even better for you:

  • We’re offering you a 15% bonus credit to use on NimbuzzOut. That’s 15% extra on top of the credits you want to purchase. To access the 15% bonus credit, go to http://www.nimbuzzout.com and once logged-in, use this code NIMBUZZ15 (valid until end of November 2010).
  • NimbuzzOut now lets you call mobile phones and landlines in 45 countries for only 2 cents per minute!
  • NimbuzzOut is supported on more than 115 Symbian devices, all iPhone / iPod Touch, and all of the Android handsets.

So no matter who you need to reach or how you need to reach them, you can do it with Nimbuzz.

What does the Skype/Nimbuzz breakup mean to you? Please let us know in the comment section below.

19 Responses to “What the Skype/Nimbuzz Breakup Means To You”

  1. All I can say is Wow! Skype totally fails now! First they kick Fring to the curb, now looks like they will do the same for everyone else including my fave app “Nimbuzz” oh well. Guess I will have to just cancel out my skype. I’ve already replaced all my messaging apps to just 1, nimbuzz! No need to lag down my phone/computer with another app instance running.

    Jesse Perez October 25th, 2010
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  8. Hello Nimbuzz friends!

    I’ve tried to purchase Nimbuzz Credits with the promocode NIMBUZZ15 and it doesn’t work!

    Can you check on that, please?

    Thanks so much!

    Pedro

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  11. @Pedro Sorrentino – of course I will make sure to check for you. Thanks for letting us know about this.

    Dan October 26th, 2010
  12. @Jesse P. Thanks for your comment!

    Dan October 26th, 2010
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  15. I used to use Fring because I could do a 2 way video chat on skype from my Nokia N82 cell phone in a wifi hotspot for free which blew my mind. but then they dropped skype. So I downloaded the skype app and its voice only no video. Now I just found this Nimbuzz app so I thought I try it out now. It has no video support :( and now now more skype also. Does anyone support video on yahoo?

    johnny October 26th, 2010
  16. @Pedro S. This should be fixed now. Sorry for the inconvenience – Please let me know if I can help you with anything else.

    Dan October 26th, 2010
  17. @johnny I’ m not aware for your kind of phone, but stay tuned! Video might be on the road map for Nimbuzz ;)

    Dan October 27th, 2010
  18. so we can still not use nimbuzz for skype connection?

    Anmari February 7th, 2011
  19. @Anmari – Thanks for your question. Nimbuzz does not support Skype anymore. We will make sure to let you know if that changes in the future. Thanks!

    Dan February 7th, 2011


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