TechDirt Has an Interesting Skype Mobile App Conspiracy Theory

Skype’s decision to pull their Windows Mobile app last month surprised me. Here’s what I wrote about it then: This doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’ve tried Skype’s Windows Mobile app and it seemed to work as well as could be expected. It didn’t seem subpar to me. My theory at the time was that this was an indication of Windows Mobile’s downward spiral into irrelevancy.

Skype Dumped Its Windows Mobile App: Windows Mobile == TRS-80?

TechDirt has a different theory. One might call it a conspiracy theory. But, it is theory with what looks like good research behind it. And, quite honestly, I am quite happy to trade in my plausible but less interesting theory for TechDirt’s.

Skype Deliberately Crippling Functionality of iPhone and WinMo and Verizon Apps?

Their theory is backed by an interesting Skype timeline that leads to TechDirt’s conclusion that Skype has some kind of secret agreement with Verizon to cripped the existing mobile VoIP apps in order to create a demand for a full-featured premium (paid) Skype app.