Nokia has announced that its cheapest Windows Phone, the Lumia 610, will not have the ability to run Skype, which marks that a stripped down version of the app will not enter the low-end WP segment anytime soon.
The Finnish phone maker said that tests involving the Skype app on lower end Windows Phone devices only resulted to a “below par” user experience, and so it has resolved to drop official support on the software’s implementation on low-end Windows Phones.
The company said in a statement,
Nokia values the user experience provided by its products and services. Therefore, although the Skype Windows Phone version is workable on Nokia Lumia 610, after in-depth testing, we found that the user experience is not up to par with Nokia and Skype’s expectation and decided not recommending users using Skype on Nokia Lumia 610.
In the future, users of Nokia Lumia 610 would no longer be able to download Skype Windows Phone version from Window Phone Marketplace. However, Skype Windows Phone version would still be available for other users.
The Nokia Lumia 610 is the first Windows Phone 7.5 handset to come with a 600MHz processor and 256MB of RAM.