Following this week’s highly anticipated launch of Skype for the iPhone a BlackBerry client will join Skype’s continued assault on the smartphone market in May.
Like the fresh-baked iPhone software Skype for BlackBerry is expected to tie into the BlackBerry’s address book so there’s no need to keep a second contact list. Calls between Skype users will be free regardless of if they’re on a BlackBerry iPhone or PC. Calls to landline and mobile phones will be charged at Skype’s existing rates.
Video calls will be more of a challenge because no BlackBerry handheld incorporates a front-facing digital camera although BlackBerry users may be able to see the incoming video stream from the person they’re calling.
â€œWe’re considering video carefully but we have a really high bar on the qualityâ€ said Skype Chief Operating Officer Scott Durchslag. â€œIf we do it we will have to do it incredibly well.â€
Also in common with Skype for iPhone the BlackBerry software is likely to work only over a Wi-Fi connection rather than a 3G network.