One application that a lot of BlackBerry users have been waiting a long time for is an official Skype client. Just last week we learned that Verizon is bringing Skype Mobile to the BlackBerry as well as Android devices. What we didn’t hear was that Skype Mobile may be exclusive to Verizon subscribers for some time to come.
According to Om Malik, the Skype / Verizon deal for Skype Mobile will be exclusive to the Verizon for the next 2-3 years.
The deal, my sources tell me, is an exclusive partnership between the two that will last for a period of 2-3 years. No other U.S. carrier is going to get a similar Skype offering – which also bolsters my theory that Skype can help Verizon distinguish itself amongst smartphone offerings, especially the iPhone.
[Via Giga Om]