Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Skype on your Verizon Wireless phone

You wouldn't think the cell phone companies were hot on allowing customers to use a service like Skype to make calls over the Internet, but Verizon Wireless is now all for it.

Coming in March, the two companies team up with Skype mobile which will allow users to:

-- Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on the Verizon network
-- Call international phone numbers at Skype Out calling rates
-- Send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
-- Remain always connected with the ability to see friends' online presence

The service will be available on Verizon's 3G smartphones with a data plan like the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630 smartphones, DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR.

But I would imagine you don't have to feel too sorry for Verizon losing out on talk minutes. The company is making it up with your data usage! Skype away friends, Skype away. Verizon (and other cell companies) will eventually become a data movers and shakers rather than a talk ones anyway (they might already be making enough dough on data at this point).

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