Skype coming to Verizon on Thursday

Skype coming to Verizon on Thursday
Last month at the MWC, Verizon and Skype held a press conference stating their new partnership for Skype-to-Skype calls using specific Verizon smartphones. Today at CTIA, this was taken one step further with the official launch being set for this Thursday. First off you'll need to have a supported Verizon smartphone, including the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, Tour 9630, Motorola DROID, Motorola DEVOUR, and HTC DROID ERIS. There are a few ways you can download Skype, including going to Verizon's Skype site to register, text "SKYPE" to 2255, and Android user can search "Skype" in the Android Market. New BlackBerry customers will also find the Skype application in their "downloads" folder once the device is activated. Once it is installed on your smartphone, you'll be able to make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype contact around the globe, send and receive unlimited instant messages with other Skype users, manage the Skype contact list directly from the mobile application, and call international phone numbers at competitive Skype calling rates. It is also stated on the Skype site that "Skype mobile uses the Verizon Wireless voice network for the wireless connection of the Skype-to-Skype calls...and that they will not be charged against your monthly minute allowance or data plan...but to make calls to international landline or mobile numbers you’ll need to buy Skype Credit."

source: Verizon Wireless and Skype

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1. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

Ha! I called it the day they announced this new app a month ago that it would be offered for free and all the verizon haters gave me negative points for it saying verizon would never allow an app like this to be free. Now, you can give me more negative points now that I was dead on and this app will indeed be free for verizon customers!

2. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

its too bad that no one else cares, everyone else is concerned with the REAL news story. you might have heard about it... EVO 4g superphone? i dont think a skype app will be needed when you have a 4.3" screen with a front facing camera and full flash on a 4g network, i think you can just go on the 'real' skype with those specs...

3. Sureal

Posts: 38; Member since: Jan 31, 2010

yes, the real news story in a thread about verizon skype is definitely the 4g sprint phone about your story though, theres a reason sprint is pretty much dead last out of all the carriers, and this "superphone" is not going to fix that *bubble burst*

4. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009


5. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

this bubble is too fast for you to burst. 4g does that. thanks though!

7. jundibasam

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 05, 2009

real 4G hasn't come out yet...that will be done by the end of the year in 25 to 30 markets when Verizon goes LTE. You can't really call WiMax became a dead technology before it ever came on line. Have any of you Sprint people even studied the technological differences between WiMax and LTE? There is a reason 99% of the rest of the world chose LTE over WiMax and why even Clearwire is renegging on WiMax and leaning towards LTE. Wimax is volatile, more expensive, and less stable than LTE. Sure, it may be fast right now, but as more and more users load up on WiMax, it becomes increasingly unstable and slow. That was shown in testing by Erikson, Siemens, and Cisco, which is why LTE was chosen as the near universal 4G standard. How is that for a bubble burst?

9. 1987riot

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 24, 2010

this is true! Verizon wireless is the only provider that has officially acquired the FCC licence for the LTE speeds no other provider has it as of yet. So bam...sorry ladies and gentlemen (mostly gentlemen).

6. tofast30

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 21, 2008

These are two different topic points, and both bring vaule to the consumer. grow up

8. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

is this skype app gonna be wifi only or over cellular network..if its cellular capable..then how the hell you gonna browse the web if someone asks you if you got their webmail info?!

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