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Do Pigs fly? Verizon teams up with Skype for calls over 3G and more

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Do Pigs fly? Verizon teams up with Skype for calls over 3G and more
When Verizon met with Eric Schmidt and Google all those months ago, Big Red started a change from being a closed carrier to one that has opened itself up enough to announce that they have teamed up with Skype. Starting this March, the new Skype mobile product will be available for use on Verizon Wireless' smartphones, giving those with the proper data plans a chance to make calls globally to Skype users. In return, Skype customers will have access to family, friends and business connections using Verizon in the U.S.. At launch, the service will be supported by 9 Verizon smartphones and will be expanded. The models are the BlackBerry Storm 9530 and the Storm2 9550, the Curve 8330, 8530, the 8830 World Edition and the Tour 9630. Others included are the Motorola DROID and DEVOUR and the HTC DROID ERIS.

The new service will allow for Skype-to-Skype voice calls around the globe using Verizon's 3G network, International calls billed at Skype Out calling rates, the ability to send and receive IM's to Skype users and you will be able to stay connected around the clock with the ability to see if your friends are online. Both companies brought out some top guns to get the word out. Executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless John Stratton said, "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. And you’re not limited to using a single type of phone; we’ll have nine smartphones ready right at launch in March."  Josh Silverman, chief executive officer of Skype, said, "People want to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go, whether it’s on a PC, TV or increasingly mobile phones. Verizon Wireless will give U.S. consumers the best Skype experience on mobile phones and will truly change the way people call their friends and family internationally." With this 180 degree change in approach to being open, Verizon continues to surprise. What's next, guys?

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

LTE! Then maybe some symbian phones from nokia? the n98? or a Maemo device? I want a new phone... I just don't want anything vzw has right now.

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 13:32

2. GlenF (Posts: 50; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)


posted on 16 Feb 2010, 13:42

3. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)

Haven't other carriers had this already? Anyways, welcome to the Skype world, VZWers

posted on 17 Feb 2010, 00:00

9. Truth (Posts: 62; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)

Carriers never backed any voip services. Some restricted the use of voip services. This is the first carrier backed voip service.

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 13:57

4. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)

Could VZW use this to try and get the iPhone? One of the knocks on VZW is the CDMA and how it isn't used much outside the USA. With being able to use Skype on a VZW iPhone people could make calls outside the USA right? I know this is a longshot, a real lonnnnnnnnngshot, but it couldn't hurt Verizon's quest to get the iPhone..

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 15:56

6. GlenF (Posts: 50; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)

Wrong... Think long term. VZW will have 32 major markets with LTE THIS year, with serious coverage bi middkle of next year. CDMA isn't even a talking point anymore and seriously, unless the come out with some AMAZING new innovations in the next version, why the hell does everyone care about the I-phone

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 16:22

7. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)

According to Verizon's LTE Innovation Center they said CDMA will be used for "years to come" and that it isn't going anywhere. I e-mailed them asking about CDMA a few weeks back. It also seems from what is being posted online that Verizon will mostly be using LTE for data this year and probably for at least the first half of next year. I don't dispute what you are saying. LTE is the future and the iPhone on LTE for Verizon would be sweet. I think people care about the iPhone because it's one of (if not the) most popular smartphone. I am big on choice and as a consumer I think it should be open for all networks so the consumer has the real choice.

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 15:44

5. XxxMich3113xxX (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Jan 2010)

Sweeeeet...Great Thing to come to VZW. Can't wait to use it on my DROOOOOOOOOOOID!

posted on 16 Feb 2010, 22:14

8. VZWEMPLOYEE (Posts: 34; Member since: 13 Jun 2009)

Kappy it will be 4G LTE in Oct and CDMA will be on the backside for backup like in rural areas but in all major cities look out baby and regardless it's on record as saying AT&T is a year and a half behind us for 4G coverage

posted on 17 Feb 2010, 05:59

10. Kappy (Posts: 108; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)

okay, thanks for clarifying that for me!

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 15:39

11. Brittany18Wade (unregistered)

It is great that people are able to take the personal loans moreover, this opens up completely new possibilities.

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