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Skype with Video Appears to be Axed Completely from the HTC Thunderbolt

It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were enjoying Verizon’s CES press event which featured its lineup of 4G LTE devices, all with front-facing cameras to take advantage of the newly announced Skype mobile with video.  Oh how times have changed.

Questions surrounding this new video chatting app all started after our friends at Big Red informed us that Skype would not be ready at launch for the Thunderbolt in February.  Within days of that report though, a new 2/28 date surfaced, giving hope to those wishing to video chat with friends on their new 4.3″ tigerblooded beast.  And then 10 days later, Best Buy sent out memos to employees with really bad news.  The exact words were, “The Skype feature will not be available on the HTC Thunderbolt.”  Uh oh.  It didn’t say, “not available – but will be.”  It just said, “not be available.”

And almost immediately after that news hit our inbox, the changing of HTC’s and Verizon’s sites started happening.  The 4G LTE page for Big Red which used to feature its own Skype tab, was now missing for some reason.  

And then HTC took down their big Flash intro for the phone, only to bring it back within the last week; missing any reference to Skype of course.

Finally today, some friends of ours reached out to show how their marketing materials had changed within the last few days.  Stickers were being sent to cover up references to Skype on posters and other displays.

So will we ever see Skype mobile with video?  You would hope so, right?  The original plan was for it to be built into your Sense contact list to give you quick access to your friends with Skype, but that no longer appears to be the case.  We’ll just try to hold out hope for a last minute change.  Who doesn’t want some face time with friends from afar?

Cheers J!

  • Rbess1965

    I actually purchased the T-bolt a couple of weeks ago and once I got acclimated to the battery draw, was really starting to enjoy it. It’s really a very nice, fast, solid unit but I sent it back to give myself the chance to test another unit like the Samsung which is rumored to have the Droid branding and I’m hoping that it will offer the Vcast services the T-bolt is missing. Things like ‘Vcast Video’, ‘My Verizon’ ‘NFL’ and so on. I may reorder the T-bolt if the other Verizon 4Gs lack these apps also. It was that nice.

  • Rbess1965

    I’m not as concerned about the lack of Skype as I am the lack of Vcast services and NFL on a Verizon phone. What is that all about?

  • Anonymous

    So it was Skype after all was said and done.

  • The350zWolf

    I’ll bet that the reason for this decision has to do with bandwidth. Since skype mobile (verizon) is different from regular skype (don’t remember the details but it seems that skype mobile is routed through verizon’s voice network) and video is a big bandwidth hog, my guess is that VZW is afraid to bottleneck their network and make it unstable. Unless they change skype mobile to their 4GLTE/3G network, video conferencing won’t happen. 😛

  • Starhelius17

    This is why Apple wins. When they blatantly leave off common features that are available to 97% of similar smartphones, at least they don’t make a big show of announcing it first, THEN taking it back. All Verizon is doing is giving the impression that they have handicapped this phone somehow, and some people will view that over the oodles of specs this thing has. It’s all about the marketing, and everyone but Apple’s seems to suck for some reason ‘:-/

  • Starhelius17

    This is why Apple wins. When they blatantly leave off common features that are available to 97% of similar smartphones, at least they don’t make a big show of announcing it first, THEN taking it back. All Verizon is doing is giving the impression that they have handicapped this phone somehow, and some people will view that over the oodles of specs this thing has. It’s all about the marketing, and everyone but Apple’s seems to suck for some reason ‘:-/

  • Starhelius17

    This is why Apple wins. When they blatantly leave off common features that are available to 97% of similar smartphones, at least they don’t make a big show of announcing it first, THEN taking it back. All Verizon is doing is giving the impression that they have handicapped this phone somehow, and some people will view that over the oodles of specs this thing has. It’s all about the marketing, and everyone but Apple’s seems to suck for some reason ‘:-/

  • Anonymous

    Lets see, LTE only covers a few percent of the country – nowhere near me, the front facing camera is now useless, its heavier and thicker than my DroidX, and with LTE its battery life is probably much shorter.

    Woohoo. Gotta sprint to my Verizon store to give them $250 for this piece of crap.

  • dannyboydluxe

    from this month’s Men’s Health… what does it mean? NOTHING! Do I care? NO! Why did I post? 1 word! Tiger-Hype-Warlock-Beast!!!

    http://plixi.com/p/84634237

  • Draggerlane

    whats the point of having a phone with a front facing camera and you can’t even use it what its met for. So you can’t even use a feature of the phone that you are paying for. this is another reason why I don’t even want this P.O.S. I’ll stick with my DX until the Bionic comes out.

  • J Guido85

    Who cares about skype video seriously. Who cares about video chat unless your a busniess guy who travels constantly and never sees his wife and kids. Seriously, theres other apps to video chat.

  • Dodgesityballer

    Has anyone thought of taking the skype.apk from the Evo 4G and just installing it onto the Thunderbolt?
    Winning!!! If this isnt done by time i get my Thunderbolt i might give it a try IF possible.

  • barry egan

    what the hell is the point of the VIDEO CALLING front cam if it won’t have an app to use it. video chat is NOT A GIMMICK, it has excellent usages. what parent wouldn’t want to see their newborn baby on a break when they go back to work? also enables sign language users to communicate visually. the list is well populated. you could use it to get help figuring out what kind of makeup you’re supposed to be getting for the wife/gf, etc when you cant figure it out at the store.

    • Droidzzz

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stuck in the store trying to figure out what kind of makeup to get the wife…

    • Anonymous

      one hand sign language?? 🙂 I guess thats why they made the kickstand tho right?

  • Cory gimbert

    it should come eventually. if you go to skype.com and go to “skype mobile” and look, it says skype mobile with video comming soon and shows a HTC thunderbolt. i just dont think skype was really ready.

    • exactly. skype has to finish it, not htc or verizon

  • Bryon

    Okay, is there a conspiracy against Skype because it doesn’t seem to be available on any new phones any more. I mean, everyone wants to video phone; it’s the coolest thing in the world to do. I know the iPhone 4 has that capability, but I’m seriously trying to find a reason to switch to Android. I watch TV on my iPhone all the time because I have a DISH Network employee DVR connected to a Sling box.

  • Yea skype is a big plus when it comes to a phone with a front facing camera. I feel like if it doesn’t have skype support, the front camera is almost useless unless for facebook profile pics being taken.

    I have skype on my VeriPhone 4 and love it. Hard to remember using a phone without it actually.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe may 15th, well see skype and netflix…would be a good time since the ota update will come turn the free mobile hotspot off….

    • Alvinm 77

      I was looking for you. Knew you was gonna post soon. We had a talk about Sense UI 2.0 and you were asking about 2.1 update. The Tbolt actually is running Sense UI 2.1.2! This is straight from my VZW connect who played with the phone today.

      • Anonymous

        ? HEY! lol, long time no see on here, lol. It is? if it does…then does the application drawer on the phone have the mini squares now instead of the triangle as there was? Was there skype also? lol….just hoping but….whatever..ill download qick…

        • Alvinm 77

          I hope it really is. We’ll find out today! Don’t know about skype but you’re right. There’s other apps to use.

      • Anonymous

        it has sense 2.0. period. I wish it had 2.1 though… that comes with gingerbread….

  • Anonymous

    What’s next will they disable the FFC? What else ru going to use it for except a self portrait, big whoop!

  • Anonymous

    I hear it comes with a service to auto forward call when the battery dies and Verizon charges $10/month for it.
    /s

  • Anonymous

    Skype got greedy or HTC/Verizon got cheap on subsidy money for the app. It’ll probably depend who’s side your on.

    • Mck7283

      what’s going to be the best alternative for video chatting… any way to do video chat with iphone users?

      • Anonymous

        Google’s integrated chat does video chat on xoom, but now your list of contacts to video chat just shrunk quite a bit to just gmail users.

        • Mck7283

          oh well… life could be worse. thanks

        • Anonymous

          yeah I would hope all users use gTalk for video chat.. it would be built into every android phone so any phone with a FFC could talk to each other..

  • Joker

    Man this thunderbolt has had a rough release to say the least

    • Alvinm 77

      Man you ain’t lying … sheesh

  • Alvinm 77

    Not an issue for me.

  • Our good friend “James Cooper” is still on the Skype website on a Thunderbolt: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-mobile/?cm_mmc=m106

    Hmmm…

    • Al Hreisham

      shiiiz thats true. maybe they havent axed it.

      • I mean, if you look all over the site, the Thunderbolt is there. I’m gonna say that Verizon doesn’t want to get caught advertising something that wasn’t ready again *COUGH COUGH*. That said, I do believe that Skype will make it to the Thunderbolt sooner rather than later, just not right away.

  • Mck7283

    What’s the story with buying a phone from Amazon Wireless and going to the Verizon store directly? Amazon is selling this phone for 179.99 rather than Verizon’s 249.99… are there different rules / restrictions / plans for purchasing from amazon? Do I get a bill from them? Someone fill me in bc i’m clueless on this but wanna save the bucks… thanks!

    • The Zune Lune

      You don’t qualify if you are up for early upgrade.

      • Mck7283

        Really? I added it to the cart and it didn’t give me any indication of that issue on the amazon page, but i’m definitely due for one with verizon.

        • The Zune Lune

          Really? I gave it a whirl and it said not elligible until August but Verizon says I can get one now.

          • Mck7283

            I’m just gonna shell out at the store I guess… theres too much funny corporate language on the amazon page i don’t want the headache.

  • NomoreAndroid

    I justed dropped my droid x and fascinate and got a iPad 2 and iPhone 4. I have been enjoying skype with video and Netflix for the past couple days. I hate to say it but I wish I wouldve made the switch sooner, I actually had a chance to play with the thunderbolt today… Huge let down. GOOD BYE FORCE CLOSE

    • NetworkPIMP

      TROLLOLOLOLOLO…

      • Trololo

        Force close

    • Trollololololo

      And say hello to random apps just not opening for gawd knows what reason 🙂 when something goes wrong in Android at least we know it.

  • Al Hreisham

    i know that sms on the thunderbolt is technically threaded, but is it arranged creatively like in speech bubbles like th iphone sms. im getting the thunderbolt tomorrown, but i have a samsung reality with threaded sms but its arranged in rectangles and its really plane. i hope the t-bolt is different

  • The Zune Lune

    Is this implying a “never” or a “not now” ?

  • TheDroidAbides

    As long as Google integrates video chat into gTalk I could care less about Skype.

  • Who gives a crap about proprietary closed protocol Skype. Anyone I would video chat with is using SIP anyway, so Sipdroid will be fine for me.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares, video chat is a gimmick.

  • After feeling somewhat bad about cancelling my preorder after I got a call from Best Buy today, this news will help me sleep much better.

  • Anonymous

    This is totally lame especially after they ,made such a big deal put of Skype at ces. This culd have been a really big selling point and a way for Vzw to show why people need lte. I hope it comes soon, be UAE it would be an excellent cross platform app, and if the 3G iPhone can do it, why the hell can’t a 4g android do it?

  • Anonymous

    Great, another weapon for Apple fanboys. :[

    • At least we are able to do data and voice at the same time

      • Anonymous

        Case in point.

  • Anonymous

    I’m just going to wait until Kellex posts a download of a ripped version of Skype mobile video chat. Droid-Life will make sure we get it one way or the other!

    • Dodgesityballer

      Didnt see that you already said this sorry for stealing your wins lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m seriously sick of skype not carrying its weight. If they’re going to promise things then effing deliver. My xoom is perfect for skype video calling but alas – its all for naught.

    I’m stuck with Tango – which sucks.

    • Anonymous

      and google talk…….right?

    • Joker

      I use google talk way better

  • Wait, I was just at BB and tested their demo unit, Skype was front and center on the home screen… they didnt have it linked to LTE yet but it had skype so whats the deal?

  • JL

    so tired of hearing about this phone…its the “Ryan Leaf” of the phone industry! a big bust! waiting for something LTE that’ll actually make an impact

    • Guest

      If you dont want to hear it dont read about it, 40-50% of DL readers are planning to get this phone. They are just trying to inform a good portion of their readers about happenings.

      • JL

        actually 48%% said no…17% undecided % only 35% said they’re buying… I’m reading about new units as much as the next guy, but this phone will be a let down, and has been over-hyped. I’m not Faulting DL for reporting on it, as you assume, just saying the phone has been over hyped and overdue.

        • Guest

          “so tired of hearing about this phone”- Sounds a lot like you are complaining about the reporting. 35% buying it and 17% are thinking about it, that is a damn good share of DL readers. I agree that it is overdue, but I would much rather read hype about a phone that is worthy of it that the *phone hype.

          • JL

            I hope you enjoy it if you get one. Personally I’m waiting for something dual-core and one that the release date hasn’t been pushed back due to battery life and possible software issues. It’s due to DL reporting that I would not get this phone just yet, and will be looking to the Bionic likely.

          • Hopefully we wont have to deal with tiered data plans by then.

    • Anonymous

      would you rather hear about nothing? This blog isn’t the 6 oclock news where they have a 30 minutes reporting window and if it doesn’t fit its axed.. i don’t get comments like yours, this is a blog about android phones, people come here to read android news, november 2009 would you have complained this site only focused on the OG droid?

  • Interstellarmind

    Lack of dual core?

  • i think it will have it eventually

  • Googalicious_Bot

    Skype is not the end of the world for me. IMO I could care less for it.

  • Anonymous

    So have they removed the front facing camera?

    • Anonymous

      No.

    • Googalicious_Bot

      No silly! That would be totally stupid if they did.

      • Anonymous

        Like its not stupid enough already 😛

        • Anonymous

          You’re a towel!

  • LAME

  • Anonymous

    Front cameras…with another video chat app like tango or fring…phone sex is about to hit a new level 😉

    • Anonymous

      Hah winning.

      • Rizzidy

        winning was so last week

        fun fun fun fun is this week’s theme

  • Imajinaxn

    Google talk vid chat hopefully?

  • Anonymous

    That’s what gTalk is for

  • So you can take pictures of yourself and others. I’m sure they’ll have it working soon.

  • So you can take pictures of yourself and others. I’m sure they’ll have it working soon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m getting another headache….

  • There’s other apps that you can use for Video Chat. You can use Fring which is free and works over WIFI.

  • There’s other apps that you can use for Video Chat. You can use Fring which is free and works over WIFI.

  • Werid. Maybe it has something to do with the qik buyout.

  • Werid. Maybe it has something to do with the qik buyout.

  • Anonymous

    “Who doesn’t want some face time with friends from afar?” Face time? Will please reword that before the iTrolls come marching in?

  • Anonymous

    “Who doesn’t want some face time with friends from afar?” Face time? Will please reword that before the iTrolls come marching in?

  • FortitudineVincimus

    so why have a front facing cam???

  • FortitudineVincimus

    so why have a front facing cam???

    • Tim242

      Ugggh really? Are you serious? Have you not heard of Yahoo, Tango, Fring, QIK, and Oovoo?

      • Joker

        Or gtalk

        • Calvin Williams

          Or taking pictures easily/using it as a mirror.

          (believe me, a LOT of people do that)