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
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