Yesterday Skype sent an email to those users who have ever used Skype Symbian app in the past. The email is actually an announcement informing the users that the Skype Symbian app will stop working within the “next few weeks”. Here is what the email says –
We’ve noticed that you are, or previously were, signed into Skype on a Symbian phone, and we’re sorry to inform you that we are now permanently retiring all Skype apps for Symbian phones. As a result, within the next few weeks, you’ll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Symbian phone.
You can still stay in touch with friends and family using Skype on an Android device, Nokia Lumia phone or desktop computer. You can sign into them all using the same Skype account….
Incidentally Symbian Skype app was removed from Nokia Store in 2012 and since then it has been playing an “available” and “not available” game every now and then. I wrote a post about it back then and uploaded the sis file of last working Symbian version (v188.8.131.52). Since then this sis file served thousands of users seeking to download Skype for their Symbian device. You can still get it from this post but unfortunately it won’t work after some time as Skype will stop accepting sign in from this app.
Everyone knows that Symbian is dead now (no Symbian phone has been manufactured after Nokia 808 PureView). Globally Symbian device user base has declined to almost zero, barring a few African and Asian countries where many are still using old Symbian phones. So no one will care about this mail, more so as Skype never supported video calling on Symbian devices (video calling is the main service Skype is known for). But being a Symbian-fan news like these hurt me somewhere – ah the good old days of 2004-06 when Symbian dominated the World. I still use my loving Nokia N8 as a camera to pamper the photographer within me and it never disappoint me. N8 has helped me capture some stunning shots over the past 4 years which my Note 3 can only dream of.