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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. :P

  • 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 ‘:-/