Skype has announced that it has told third-party software maker Nimbuzz that as of October 31, it has to remove access to Skype from its software offering. Nimbuzz will comply and as of Halloween, users of the software will no longer be able to chat using Skype. The move is seen to be preparations for Skype to kick off its IPO.
Nimbuzz also writes in the official blog post about the decision to remove support that, “Skype’s decision to ask us to stop supporting their service seems to be part of a strategy to disconnect all open third party support.” Nimbuzz has a plan to make its service look more appealing to users since Skype is being removed.
Going forward the Nimbuzz service will offer users a 15% credit to use on NimbuzzOut. When credits are purchased, the user will get 15% more on top of the amount they want to buy. The code for the credit is NIMBUZZ15 and it is good until the end of November. Calls to landlines in 45 countries will be 2 cents per minute and the service reminds users it is available on Android, iPhone, and Symbian devices.