Skype To Block Nimbuzz From 31 October

Skype has announced that users of rival VoIP firm Nimbuzz will not be able to access Skype services from 31 October.

The decision to remove Nimbuzz from its network comes after Skype blocked Fring IM from serving Skype services to its clients.

It seems evident that Skype is planning on removing its support from all rival VoIP services, fearing a loss of market share.

Skype claims that third party apps will continue to offer Skype service as long they have written permission from the company.

According to tech news site Softpedia, Skype had earlier contacted Nimbuzz to form some sort of agreement back in August. However, after not hearing anything from Nimbuzz, Skype decided to make a move.

Following Skype's announcement, Nimbuzz released a statement saying: “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. So it doesn’t come as a surprise, but it is certainly unfortunate.”