Skype, the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) communications company, said Tuesday it will soon launch a free, "lite" version of Skype for BlackBerry.
Unlike the iPhone version just released, you won't need Wi-Fi to connect to Skype. Skype Lite will work over your BlackBerry's data plan, so long as you have a calling plan as well.
It is Skype's core capabilities that will debut in Skype Lite for BlackBerry -- placing calls to Skype users, calling landlines and mobile phones using Skype Out credit. You'll also be able to receive inbound calls to your online Skype number.
Instant messenger and SMS features will also stay intact, but features like voicemail and file transferring, which are available on other more platforms, will be delayed for future builds.
Skype's downloadable applications for Android, Java, Symbian, and Windows Mobile are already available, and Palm's Web OS platform would be the last major hurdle.
Skype plans to release a beta version of Skype for BlackBerry in May, starting with BlackBerry Bold and Curve phones, and gradually adding support for more BlackBerry smartphones.
It will be available in the beginning in ten countries, including the United States and UK, Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, and parts of northern and eastern Europe.