Skype for Windows Phone pulled for Nokia Lumia 610

In April, Nokia proudly announced that its low end Windows Phone device, the Lumia 610, would be able to run the Windows Phone version of Skype. Nokia claimed it was able to get Skype to work despite the fact that the first public version of the Windows Phone port is not supposed to work on devices with 256 MB of memory, such as the Lumia 610.

Well, it looks like Nokia's claims were in fact a bit premature. WMPOweruser.com reports that the company is now no longer allowing owners of the Lumia 610 to download the 1.1 version of Skype from the Windows Phone Marketplace. The statement, which was first posted by Welovewp.hk, says:

Nokia values the user experience provided by its products and services. Therefore, although the Skype Windows Phone version is workable on Nokia Lumia 610, after in-depth testing, we found that the user experience is not up to par with Nokia and Skype’s expectation and decided not recommending users using Skype on Nokia Lumia 610. In the future, users of Nokia Lumia 610 would no longer be able to download Skype Windows Phone version from Window Phone Marketplace. However, Skype Windows Phone version would still be available for other users.

So far, Skype has yet to release an updated version of the Windows Phone app since the 1.1 version was launched on April 25.

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derekaw said,
Shouldn't you ensure the user experience was acceptable before you made it available for download?

Sort of a catch-22 though, the user experience was much easier to analyse once it had been downloaded by lots of people

Sonne said,
How are WP users liking those outdated specs now?

The out dated specs you speak of are actually the 'new' specs for the new cheap ass phones.

I'm really surprised they've gone with the cheap route, even more so when it means certain software, such as skype, will no longer work across the range.

sagum said,

The out dated specs you speak of are actually the 'new' specs for the new cheap ass phones.

I'm really surprised they've gone with the cheap route, even more so when it means certain software, such as skype, will no longer work across the range.


I guess because some people don't need and cannot afford a more expensive phone, and just need it to perform basic tasks. Different markets and such.

but then skype works very well on older winmo and symbian phones... you wonder how microsoft and nokia screw up with this one....

eilegz said,
but then skype works very well on older winmo and symbian phones... you wonder how microsoft and nokia screw up with this one....

Works perfectly on Nokia X6.

eilegz said,
but then skype works very well on older winmo and symbian phones... you wonder how microsoft and nokia screw up with this one....

Its already been said multiple times that the skype app is a stop gap of technology before its intergrated into the OS itself.
Once intergrated, it'll be just another account you add, like you already do with facebook and twitter for messages, contacts, pictures and calenders etc

drazgoosh said,
Apparently Skype isn't working too well on any WP. Locking the phone ends calls and multitasking isn't possible.
That's because Microsoft made the temporary mistake of not allowing VOIP to be one of the few things allowed in background tasks.

I expect that this limitation will be removed when they announce WP8 this June.

GreenOwner said,
Yeah I was kind of suprised they even allowed it in the beginning.
At first they didn't because they required 512 MB of RAM on the phone, from the marketplace (the low-end Tango phones only contain 256 MB for those unaware). I'm honestly a bit surprised that those phones were not the initial target of their release considering that Skype is seemingly used by international users the most, and both China and India were the targets of Tango.

With that, I'd say this was a poor showing by the Skype developers considering how well it runs on all iPhones that I've seen. Now that WP8 will introduce native code development into the mix, I wonder if they will quickly port that experience over.

pickypg said,
At first they didn't because they required 512 MB of RAM on the phone, from the marketplace (the low-end Tango phones only contain 256 MB for those unaware). I'm honestly a bit surprised that those phones were not the initial target of their release considering that Skype is seemingly used by international users the most, and both China and India were the targets of Tango.

With that, I'd say this was a poor showing by the Skype developers considering how well it runs on all iPhones that I've seen. Now that WP8 will introduce native code development into the mix, I wonder if they will quickly port that experience over.

the skype app right now is just silly because it will be baked into the OS in windows phone 8.. its much like the MSN messenger app that everyone complained about when WP7 was first released but it was just until they could integrate it into 7.5

Lachlan said,

the skype app right now is just silly because it will be baked into the OS in windows phone 8.. its much like the MSN messenger app that everyone complained about when WP7 was first released but it was just until they could integrate it into 7.5

I agree with this, but I think Microsoft may be keen to keep it separate to avoid antitrust scrutiny now that they own Skype. But, as long as everyone can integrate their services the same way, then they should be okay. More to the point, I hope that they do it because it would be nice to have a smooth video chatting service integrated straight into the phone; it's the nice idea of FaceTime on iOS, but actually good.