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Skype Acquires Qik for $100 Million

I was shocked to hear this morning that Skype acquired Qik for $100 Million. I’m a huge fan of both, Skype and Qik since they are the game changers of allowing users to host two-way live video calling.

Skype has acquired video streaming service Qik, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Skype CEO Tony Bates confirmed the announcement on the company blog: “I’m happy to announce that we’ve entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Qik,” he wrote.

The news was first leaked by Business Insider Thursday morning. The source who revealed the news claims that the deal cost Skype approximately $100 million.

Qik allows users to host two-way live video calls on a range of smartphones, as well as record and share video via e-mail, SMS, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and a number of other platforms.

Qik’s userbase catapulted to 5 million users in 2010, up from 600,000 at the beginning of the year, thanks in part to partnerships with major telecom providers like T-Mobile.

“Skype and Qik share a common purpose of enriching communications with video, and the acquisition of Qik will help to accelerate our leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio,” Bates wrote. “Through this acquisition, we’ll also be able to take advantage of the engineering expertise that is behind Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks,” he added.

Skype and Qik have two important board members in common: Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, who could have helped facilitate the deal.

 

VIA | Mashable

Skype App Hits Android Market Tomorrow

Hey Verizon customers! Great news, Skype app finally arrives tomorrow to the Android Market place. Everyone was stunned when Verizon and Skype declared its partnership.

Skype will be available for 6 BlackBerry models (BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630) as well as 3 Android powered phones (Droid, Droid Eris, and Devour). You’ll be able to download the app from the Android Market tomorrow. Existing customers can also text the word Skype to 2255 and when the application is available Verizon will send a link to download it in a text message. They can also visit www.skype.com/go/mobile to download it.

Skype Mobile will make it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and family, no matter where they are in the world. With the new service you are able to make and receive Skype-to-Skype calls. You will also be able to send and receive unlimited SMS to other Skype users. The only difference between other Skype apps and the actual Skype+VZW app is that it can be used over the Verizon 3G network. No other Skype app allows you to do that, even the version on the iPhone. The rest of the apps are stuck with wi-fi only and also lack the ability to make calls to other mobile phones or landlines without additional plans.

Below is a screenshot of VZW+Skype Mobile details:

Full Press Release:

Skype mobile For Verizon Wireless Available Thursday
Companies Deliver Expansive Global Calling Community and Free Skype-to-Skype Calls on the Most Reliable Wireless Network in the United States

LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG; LAS VEGAS, NV, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ, UNITED STATES — From CTIA WIRELESS 2010® in Las Vegas, Verizon Wireless and Skype today announced Skype mobile™ will be available this Thursday, March 25, starting with nine Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones. Skype mobile uses the Verizon Wireless voice network for the wireless connection of the Skype-to-Skype calls, providing Verizon Wireless customers with a superior experience and top-notch call quality.

Beginning Thursday, new and existing Verizon Wireless customers with Android 3G smartphones and BlackBerry 3G smartphones can get Skype mobile in a number of ways. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/skypemobile or www.skype.com/go/mobile from a PC to enter the mobile phone number to receive a text message with a link to the application. Verizon Wireless customers can also text “SKYPE” to 2255 to receive the link. In addition, Android customers will be able to download the app from Android Market™. New BlackBerry customers will find the application on their 3G smartphones’ home screens in the Downloads folder when activated.

Skype mobile gives Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans a simple new way to stay in touch with friends, family and business colleagues around the corner and around the world while on Verizon Wireless’ network. Skype mobile users can:

* make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype contact around the globe;
* send and receive unlimited instant messages with other Skype users;
* manage the Skype contact list directly from the mobile application; and
* call international phone numbers at competitive Skype calling rates.

John Harrobin, senior vice president of digital media and marketing, noted, “Skype mobile will change the way mobile consumers in the United States make and receive calls. With an ‘always on’ capability, Skype mobile on your 3G smartphone means you never have to miss a call or make an appointment to connect with Skype users around the world. With Skype mobile, we’re untethering Skype users from their PCs and enabling them to stay connected – on the best wireless network in the country.”

Russ Shaw, general manager of Mobile for Skype, noted, “Skype mobile will deliver an unparalleled experience for Verizon Wireless customers. It will be the best way to enjoy unlimited conversations with Skype contacts all over the world at no extra cost. In addition, Skype mobile will allow people to easily and inexpensively make calls to landlines and mobiles abroad at Skype rates.”

Customers need a Verizon Wireless smartphone and data plan to use Skype mobile. Skype-to-Skype calls will not be charged against their monthly minute allowances or data plans. Verizon Wireless customers can visit www.skype.com to purchase Skype Credit to make Skype Out calls and make calls to international landline or mobile numbers.

Skype and Verizon Wireless have been working together to create this application specifically for Verizon Wireless customers and to take advantage of the most reliable wireless network in the United States.

Skype mobile will be available initially on millions of best-selling Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones, including the BlackBerry® Storm™ 9530, Storm2™ 9550, Curve™ 8330, Curve™ 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour™ 9630 smartphones, as well as DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS™ by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR™.

VIA | Droid Life

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Verizon Wireless And Skype Join Forces

https://techn0l0gical.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/verizon-skype.jpgAs we all know by now that Verizon Wireless and Skype, VoIP have joined their forces together to bring us the best from both worlds- Wireless base and VoIP base. Verizon Wireless which was known for most closed, protractive carrier have opened its doors to great ideas and innovation. In my earlier post regarding Verizon Wireless and Skype I mentioned how Motorola Droid has opened up the doors for Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless hasn’t been the same as that “EVIL” corporation as it use to be. They are taking the wireless game to a whole new level.

Beginning of next month (March), Verizon’s Smartphone users with data plan will get a chance to enjoy free and unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to anyone in the world.

Heres what Skype had to say:

Skype has joined forces with Verizon Wireless, the largest and most reliable mobile network in the US.

From March, you’ll be able to get Skype on a wide range of Verizon Wireless phones, including BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630 smartphones, as well as DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR. I know that many of you have been waiting for these apps, particularly those for BlackBerry and Android, and it’s great that we’re now able to offer them to people across the US.

With Skype mobile on Verizon, you’ll be able to:

  • make and receive unlimited free Skype-to-Skype voice calls to anyone on Skype around the globe
  • call international phone numbers at our low rates
  • send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
  • see your friends’ online status

Skype CEO Josh Silverman and Russ Shaw, VP and GM of our mobile division, talk more about the background to our relationship with Verizon. It’s a very exciting step forward in the world of Skype on mobile – and stay tuned for more news on how you can get hold of Skype on your Verizon phone between now and March.

With that said, I’m really excited about the Verizon Wireless and Skype venture. As I have said before I have Verizon Wireless as my cell phone carrier and I’ve been very pleased with the service. I can’t wait till I try this out next month. I’ll be back with all the info on how well my experience goes- using Skype on Verizon Wireless 3G network.

VIA: Skype Press Release | Verizon Wireless Press Release | Skype Mobile

Verizon & Skype Making Joint Announcement At Mobile World Congress

https://techn0l0gical.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/verizon-skype.jpgIn the past mobile carriers and VoIP services haven’t really mixed together. But I guess its all about to change. Verizon is the first to take that initiative step in changing that. Verizon has been open to a lot of great ideas. I can’t really say what they will announce until the February 16th.

Verizon and Skype are hosting a Joint Press Conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Tuesday, February 16th at 11:15am EST.

This was seen today on Verizons Press release:

02/12/2010

WHO:
Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless provider in the United States, and Skype, the software that enables the world’s conversations

WHAT:
Verizon Wireless and Skype will hold a news conference during the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Speakers will include:

  • John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Verizon Wireless
  • Josh Silverman, chief executive officer, Skype

WHERE:
GSMA Media Centre, Hall 2.1, Press Conference Room 3
Fira de Barcelona
Av. Reina Maria Cristina, s/n, 08004
Barcelona, Spain

To listen to a teleconference of the news conference, participants may call:
877-883-4690 (toll free within the U.S. and Canada)
+1 706-758-5386 (international)
Conference ID: 57101247

WHEN:
5:15 p.m. CET (11:15 a.m. EST / 8:15 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What you guys think its going to be about?