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Skype Mobile with Video Set to Launch February 28th, Still Coming as a Market Update

I know I said February 27th last night, but the date for Skype Mobile with Video to go live for the HTC Thunderbolt is actually the 28th.  We first reported back in January, that the video chatting service would not be live on the TBolt at launch, but would instead come as an update later on through the Android Market.  That news hasn’t changed, we just now know exactly when it’ll be available.

We’ve also received a comparison chart of the different versions of Skype from our friends at Verizon that highlights some of the new features we can expect once our new 4G LTE devices launch.  The first thing that stuck out to me was the fact that Skype Mobile with Video will be baked into your phone’s address book, giving you quick access to video calls with your friends.  It will also allow you to make video calls to other 4G LTE devices, PCs, and to Skype-capable TVs.  And of course, you can make calls over 4G, 3G, 1X and WiFi which as we all know, is something a certain other phone can’t do.

Is Skype still to blame for the delay of the TBolt?  After seeing this firm date, I would say, “No.”

Now if only Verizon would stop teasing us on Twitter and bring us this goodness.

Chart after the break.  

Cheers money!

  • BigDaddy5150

    It’s my understanding that the Snapdragon processor in the Bolt is faster than the qualqom in the Evo. The question I have is does the dual core make the bionic that much faster?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Y7Q3GFOJEQRQQ4CTE2K26DMCFE elvis

    will the tbolt be able to skype video chat over 3g?

  • Jothen2002

    Is that confirmed and/or true about video calling working only on 4G? This is important for me, because i lie in an are that will not have 4g for a while and this will influence my new phone purchas

  • Jothen2002

    Is that confirmed and/or true about video calling working only on 4G? This is important for me, because i lie in an are that will not have 4g for a while and this will influence my new phone purchas

    • Anonymous

      most likely i don’t see how they can restrict it not on 3g….remember theres also tango, fring, etc….qik.

  • Pete

    What about an updated Google Talk with video chat? *That* would be a real boon, and you’ve already got your Google ID so it would Just Work.

    As an aside, does Skype on a phone support conference calls?

  • TNines

    This is going to be my first Android phone. I cant wait for it to be announced. I just wish VZW would release their 4G plans.

  • Anonymous

    Ya know, this waiting game is such a stupid strategy for all the people who DONT want an i*hone. I’ve waited long enough, i might have just gotten enough patience to wait for the bionic!!!

  • NCX

    only logical explanation i can think of as to why the delay for the T-bolt is that Verizon wants to update all the already shipped units with software updates possibly before it goes on sale. or something else darker (*cough* apple *cough*) is going on behind the scenes that is intended to gimp this launch of a superior device. Oh the speculation! :P

  • NCX

    only logical explanation i can think of as to why the delay for the T-bolt is that Verizon wants to update all the already shipped units with software updates possibly before it goes on sale. or something else darker (*cough* apple *cough*) is going on behind the scenes that is intended to gimp this launch of a superior device. Oh the speculation! :P

  • Sparking22

    I loged into my verizon account and it seem like any were I look there was a “Order IPhone4″ buttons! its madness!!

  • Greg

    I’m TELLING YOU.. They are making it a QUIET release. After all the news and press for the iphone tomorrow… they will announce it’s coming out Monday. Screw all that “14 day return” nonsense. People with iphones will KEEP the iphones, or simply return them.. the 28th is exactly 14 days.. You have until the morning after, day 15.. to return.

    • Bwangster12

      This doesn’t sounds totally impossible. While I do think its weird they’d quietly launch their first 4g phone, there was that talk about not referring to the 3g data/talk feature… and they could conceivably be holding out on the 4g marketing hoopla for the dual core 4g phones.

      • Adam

        I believe BB will still release the phone on the 14th (as my local store has confirmed twice in the past two days) and Verizon will delay selling the phone on their end because they are so swamped with iPhone orders.

  • JCZ

    You missed a point. Under both the 36 and LTE version it talks about Unlimited Data Plan required. Which should confirm that the LTE plans will still be unlimited. Hopefully this is true, and at the same $30 bucks.

    • JCZ

      I meant 3G, not 36.

  • Anonymous

    Looking foward to that release date now big red!!!

  • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

    Latest trend in the industry is to start charging for services which were free on desktop/web when porting to mobile/devices (Hulu, Last.fm). Will Skype follow it and start charging for video chat on mobile? I bet they would love to.

    • Kaufkin

      but un-necessary (we hope) – instead of charging us, they work backend deals w/ carriers, etc, and have a pro-class for business. between video and unlimited data, looking like this may be the phone that replaces my OG Droid. (as long as we can install Cyan on it). :-)

      • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

        I still can’t decide between TBolt and Bionic….

        • TDK128

          I’m going Bionic, but I’d honestly say it depends on how important dual-core CPUs (which will be the future of mobile devices IMO) are to you. If they aren’t, I don’t see much of a reason to get the Bionic over the Thunderbolt.

        • TDK128

          I’m going Bionic, but I’d honestly say it depends on how important dual-core CPUs (which will be the future of mobile devices IMO) are to you. If they aren’t, I don’t see much of a reason to get the Bionic over the Thunderbolt.

        • Hoot352

          I’m goin with the thunderbolt. The dual core would be nice but IMO I don’t think the Bionic’s specs are good enough to warrant waiting for it instead of waiting for a dual core better than the Bionic.

  • FrankXS

    Man, this sounds great. I guess I can wait for this fantastic phone. I guess! I wish they would hurry up already. Geeze…

  • Bwangster12

    Is it worth noting that in #5 it says that “Data usage applies; unlimited data plan required.”

    I would assume that means there will be an unlimited data plan option.

    • Anonymous

      Great find, seems like unlimited 4g is possible

      • thunderrunder

        it already is possible. I talked to best buy and it’s set at 29.99 per month for unlimited 4g

        • Anonymous

          Sounds good. But us that uses the 69.99 plan with 450 minutes, unlimited text, and unlimited 3g data; I wonder do we have to change our plans or it will remain the same and just be upgraded to 4g?

          • Rocktoonz

            How did you manage to get that plan? I see no such plan for Verizon as an individual plan on their site?

          • Anonymous

            I called them like in November or December and they set me up for it. Just call them. And if u have a job they can add on a discount if u apply. I pay about 77.20 per month for that plan plus my 20% discount from my job.

          • Rocktoonz

            Nice, because I have their 450 minute plan but only 250 texts and unlimited data, paying more than that for fewer messages. Would be nice to be able to text without fear lol

          • Anonymous

            For got to add I have the insurance too. Still can’t beat that

          • Rocktoonz

            Nice, because I have their 450 minute plan but only 250 texts and unlimited data, paying more than that for fewer messages. Would be nice to be able to text without fear lol

          • Anonymous

            Google voice uses data only so u can text unlimited through that :)

          • Anonymous

            I called them like in November or December and they set me up for it. Just call them. And if u have a job they can add on a discount if u apply. I pay about 77.20 per month for that plan plus my 20% discount from my job.

        • Anonymous

          But does that mean $29.99/month for 4G ON TOP OF $29.99/month for unlimited 3G? This is the major question.

          • scadole

            They are keeping the data plans at 29.99….

        • Anonymous

          But does that mean $29.99/month for 4G ON TOP OF $29.99/month for unlimited 3G? This is the major question.

    • http://twitter.com/JasonAGrier Jason A. Grier

      good catch!!

    • Bwangster12

      Initially I thought it was just talking about 3g, but video calling only logically works if your doing a skype to skype call and video calling only works on 4g.

      • Jothen2002

        Is that confirmed and/or true about video calling working only on 4G? This is important for me, because i lie in an are that will not have 4g for a while and this will influence my new phone purchase.

  • Fredy

    it says that the thunderbolt will get an update so that hopefully means we will have it before the 28th

    • Bwangster12

      I think that was written prior to this delay, when the Thunderbolt was launching on the 14th. Hopefully it launches before the 28th, and still needs an update.

  • Anonymous

    This worked well on my wife’s verizon iphone yesterday over both wifi and 3G, I would imagine it should work even better over LTE.

  • amanda

    first