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Consulting practise in commercializing Internet technologies; Associate Editor Skype Journal
Interests: Skiing, golf, baseball, hockey (may the NHL figure out a way to recover its fans), weblogs, photography. Previous markets have included medical disciplines, physics/chemistry instrumentation with specialization in magnetic resonance, industrial instrumentation, PC hardware and software distribution, Internet-based business tools
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The GMail app on BlackBerry has not worked properly for some time now; for instance, the Search function did not work. On the other hand, if RIM is supporting Android on Playbook (at least as announced) why would they be declaring war on RIM?
And now customers on 3, by downloading current versions of the Skype client, can make video calls on iOS devices and Android. These clients have also had recent upgrades to provide additional features that are not available on the legacy 3 service. In other words you have closer to a complete Skype experience. But, if nothing else, video calling alone makes it "Me Different". The real question here is what happens to using Skype on BlackBerry. While the current carrier-specific service on 3 (and Verizon) supports certain models of BlackBerry, there is no carrier-independent Skype for BlackBerry client. Also this is a natural progression as networks evolve to LTE where there are the speeds really required to handle Skype chat, voice and video over data plans. Oh, and with a client-based Skype I can make calls using Skype to a Skype user on any Skype-supported device - PC, Mobile, TV, etc. Finally there is another advantage for 3 - they no longer have to support the servers that connect a Skype call using this service to the voice channel. One other consideration from the customer side: do they still get the same wireless plans associated with using Skype on 3?
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