Skype and Verizon holding a joint news conference at MWC

Skype and Verizon holding a joint news conference at MWC
We're starting to reach the crossroads when the amount of minutes you use on your voice plan may seem almost irrelevant in the wake of the explosion of text messaging and VoIP services. With more companies blatantly offering the buffet styled all you can eat packages, it may soon give rise to other alternative mediums for voice calls. Verizon maybe gearing up for some potential ground making news as they announced today that they will be holding a joint press conference with Skype at MWC on February 16. Although there is little news regarding the meaty pieces of information surrounding the conference, it pay point to some other large plan that may be in the works down the pipeline. The number one wireless carrier in the US potentially might come down and make waves if they announce some kind of partnership with Skype to provide a VoIP solution using their network – it may as well provide the foundation of a new revolution in the wireless industry; let's hope.

source: Verizon via BGR

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11 Comments

1. Truth

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

How interesting. Maybe Verizon is laying the groundwork to provide more data services and use voip services for voice. Maybe free up more network resources for data traffic and less for voice. Hmm, that would seem like the logical thing to do.

5. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Huh? Verizon's voice service is solely operated on the good ol' 1xRTT network. EVDO is exclusively for data. There's nothing really to free up. VoIP would simply eat into the data capacity.

9. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Think LTE

2. theGodpapa

Posts: 181; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

hence the transistion of mandatory data packages on even some of the basic handsets !!! it makes sense if you think about it.

3. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i love skype, it's a great thing to have for family far away. it would be great if i could have it on my phone too.

4. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

You sound like a commercial.

6. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

Doesn't mean he does not have a point or that it is a bad thing. The people who scored him down are dumb.

7. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

There is no way VZW is announcing something w/ skype. Wouldn't that possibly make things easier and/or cheaper for customers? We all know they are the worst company for doing things that benefit the customer right? Where are the VZW haters at? B/c if this was AT&T every comment on here would be abotu how great they are and how VZW would never do something customer friendly.

8. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

If you think about it, this would be smart on all ends. It would stop overages and reduce churn which is a big concern for any wireless company. Verizon Wireless is trying to get people to do more with data. This would help pull people in that direction. If you look at it, data is cheaper for companies and in honesty, pure revenue after the bandwidth is paid for. Voice is no longer the way to grow a company or grow your revenue. Data transmission is the way to go and I believe this could be a win-win for everyone!!!! People can start lowering those minute plans and get more data on thier phones!!!!

11. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

I was being facetious. I am a promoter for vzw. Only tools down ranked my comment b/c I was mocking them and they did not have a logical rebuttal.

10. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Seems like someone is goin "-1" happy. Don't think any one of these comments deserved a -1. All the comments seemed to make logical sense to me. I'm just curious about what LTE will bring...not a big Skype user.

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