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Yahoo launches mobile app to compete with Skype and Google October 15, 2010

Posted by TelUS Consulting Services in VoIP catagory.

Yahoo has prepared a new mobile app release for iPhone and Android that would bring video calls over Wi-Fi and carrier networks to Yahoo Messenger users.

Yahoo revealed the company’s plans to Reuters yesterday, explaining that the yet-to-be-approved app would be free, work over Wi-Fi and carrier networks, and support video calls via Yahoo Messenger from mobile to mobile or mobile to PC.

If the company statements prove true, Yahoo’s mobile video calling technology will be more feature-rich and have a much larger reach than Apple‘s. FaceTime works between iPhone 4 users only and limits support to calls over Wi-Fi to maintain video call quality.

Of course, Apple has complete monopolistic control over whether Yahoo’s iPhone version of the video calling application sees the light of day so let’s not hold our breath. The Cupertino, California-based company has already let two challengers offering similar functionality into the store — Fring and Tango — so hopefully there won’t be too much red tape.

What’s more interesting is that Yahoo seems to be positioning its 81-million-member-strong Messenger client as a VoIP video challenger to Skype. If Yahoo can introduce an application that supports high-quality video calls (which won’t be an easy feat) between mobile devices and PCs, it will certainly have a distinct advantage over Skype and Google. I  look forward to the app and will be one of the first to report on it after I test it out.

Joe Buck, N.C.E.

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