Skype scraps Windows Phones app

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Internet telephony service provider Skype announced it will no longer offer its Skype for Windows Phones application for download, additionally scuttling its Skype Lite app. "This isn't a decision we've taken lightly, but the reason is simple. Neither of these apps offered a great Skype experience," writes Skype social media communications lead Peter Parkes on the Skype Blog. "With the latest version of the Windows Mobile OS, it's been increasingly challenging for us to maintain an app which behaves as you'd expect on a wide range of handsets without working with a mobile operator partner." As for Skype Lite--which enables users to call and IM friends via select mobile devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola and LG--Parkes explains that the application "requires you to use up your allocation of minutes from your mobile network, making the Skype-to-Skype calls sort-of-free-per-minute rather than actually-free-per-minute."

Skype adds that while it will no longer offer either app for download, it will not disable them--consumers who are already using Skype for Windows Phone or Skype Lite may continue doing so. "We're assuming that you're aware of [their] limitations, so we don't want to prevent you from carrying on," Parkes notes.

For more on Skype's mobile app changes:
- read this Skype blog entry

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