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

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 chiefmarketing officer for Verizon Wireless John Stratton said, "Skype mobile on VerizonWireless changes the game. For Verizon Wireless’ more than 90 millioncustomers, Skype mobile adds great value because we’re effectivelygiving customers with smartphones and data plans the option to extendtheir unlimited calling community to hundreds of millions of Skypeusers around the globe. And you’re not limited to using a single typeof 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 theygo, whether it’s on a PC, TV or increasingly mobile phones. VerizonWireless will give U.S. consumers the best Skype experience on mobilephones and will truly change the way people call their friends andfamily internationally." With this 180 degree change in approach to being open, Verizon continues to surprise. What's next, guys?

source: Verizon


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11 Comments

1. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

2. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 2009

beautiful

3. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

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

9. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

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

4. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 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..

6. GlenF

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 02, 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

7. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

5. XxxMich3113xxX

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 30, 2010

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

8. VZWEMPLOYEE

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 13, 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

10. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

okay, thanks for clarifying that for me!

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