Verizon Wireless and Skype held a joint press conference at MWC to announce a strategic relationship that will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless smartphones in March. The new application will be available for all Verizon Android phones including the Droid, Droid Eris, and upcoming Devour. A version of Skype Lite beta has been available on the Android Market for awhile, but it did not allow VOIP and used up your minutes for calls.
“Skype mobile on Verizon Wireless changes the game. For Verizon Wireless’ more than 90 million customers, Skype mobile adds great value because we’re effectively giving customers with smartphones and data plans the option to extend their unlimited calling community to hundreds of millions of Skype users around the globe.”John StrattonChief Marketing Officer for Verizon Wireless
Skype will go head to head with existing apps like Fring which have allowed VOIP calling since last year. Look for both services to add video calling when multiple Android phones with front facing cameras hit the market over the next couple of months.
Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans can use Skype mobile to:
- make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network
- call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
- send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
- remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence