Skype is pulling its Skype Lite Java app and Skype for Windows Mobile applications for download from its site, with the full featured client to stop functioning by the end of the year.Â Skype states that it is pulling the applications due to performance compared to the iPhone and Symbian versions, but the answer is inconsistent as explained below.
This latest move follows the indefinite delay of a 3G enabled version of Skype for the iPhone last week and the latest action now confirms that Skype’s deal with Verizon has a yet undetermined exclusivity period, which was originally thought to only affect availability of the same service on a competing carrier.Â Skype is also pulling the Skype Lite Java app, also without any explanation, even though the app was one of the most popular downloads for the VOIP service provider.
For the time being, Skype for Windows Mobile can be downloaded here, though the link may be taken down at anytime.
Update: Skype representatives have responded to PhoneNews.com, stating the following:
“The fact that weâ€™ve partnered with Verizon and the fact that weâ€™re withdrawing these apps are related only to the extent that theyâ€™re part of our drive towards a better Skype mobile experience. What weâ€™ve announced is that weâ€™re withdrawing the Windows Mobile and Lite apps from our website. If you already have one of them, youâ€™ll be able to carry on using it.“