Skype Mobile For Verizon Wireless Available Thursday

Skype Mobile For Verizon Wireless Available Thursday
By Bla1ze on 23 Mar 2010 05:10 pm EDT
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It really hasn't been any secret that Skype was coming to Verizon. We just didn't know exactly when it was coming. The announcement today from Skype and Verizon has shed some light on the when portion. Starting tomorrow, Verizon users will be able to get their Skype on with quite a few devices. Intially, for BlackBerry users the app will work on BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630 smartphones. Some features listed below:

  • make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to anyone else on Skype around the globe
  • send and receive unlimited instant messages with other people on Skype
  • call international phone numbers at low rates
Skype-to-Skype calls will not be charged against your monthly minute allowances or data plans. Verizon Wireless customers can visit www.skype.com to purchase Skype Credit to make Skype Out calls and make calls to international landline or mobile numbers.

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Skype Mobile For Verizon Wireless Available Thursday

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But tomorrow is Wednesday...?

EDIT: Okay just checked the link and it does say Thursday, March 25th. Might want to remove the "starting tomorrow" in the post so no one gets confused.

So VZW will not dock your plan minutes to use skype? This was the rumor earlier. I'm glad to see it wasn't true, at least for now.

No, It should not use minutes to talk on Skype. It is based on Over-the-air data. And with Verizon when you have a BlackBerry plan you should have unlimited data anyway. So essentially it is at no extra cost to you.

If you check Skype's website ( http://www.skype.com/mobile/reminder/ )

Skype and Verizon Wireless are set to launch a new service, Skype mobile™ that enables customers to use Skype on a variety of best-selling Verizon Wireless BlackBerry® and Android™ 3G Smartphones.

In addition to free Skype-to-Skype global calling and low rates to international landlines and cell phones, Skype will be ‘always on’, meaning customers can receive Skype calls, instant messages and see friends’ presence anytime. And, Skype usage won’t be charged against customers’ monthly Verizon Wireless data plans or minute allowances.

I cannot wait until this releases! So many contacts on Skype that you can call for FREE! This was such a smart app idea. Awesome job Skype. :)

im confused...since i have a verizon plan, aren't my regular calls to other verizon customers free regardless? just seems like this isn't really anything exciting considering skype will be exclusively for verizon phones.

or can you make calls to computers also?

if you have a friend overseas where no verizon exists, you and he/she can communicate with each other via skype.

they would have skype on computer and you could be anywhere where vzw can provide a signal for your phone and you both could chit chat.

the only thing i'm wondering is if someone makes a video call to me, if it will go thru. I dont necessarily need the video - simply the video calls are the free ones from computer to computer via skype. so, it would be cool if my friends overseas could reach me for free by calling using the video feature, even with the webcam off its free.

roll out across the UK & Ireland (europe). Why do Skype have to do a deal with the carrier. Why don't they just release the app for all to download and use. Once again, like 80% of the apps in app world, here's another app that can't be used outside of North America. It seems developers forget that there are also BB users outside of the US & Canada.

If it can be done, it most certainly will be! I'm sure there are many out there with your same desire! :p I'm VZW though, so I'm happy. I will use this constantly to speak (now for FREE) to my mates in Australia! Hurray!!!

...aren't the Curve 8330 and World Edition phones "end of life" phones as stated in an earlier blog piece posted on Crackberry? Why would they want to waste a Skype availability on those phones? Give it to another model that WON'T be disappearing in a few months....

For the millions of customers that already have them. For the enterprise users, government accounts, support the whole product line, not just newer devices.

Clearly this application is not true VOIP 3G.

The reason this locked to Verizon is that when u place a skype - skype call, It dials a system on a verizon number (hence why it's free & locked to verizon) and then once connected this 'system' will then make the VOIP call to whomever your dialing and connect them to you. Basically it's just a voice call...

So effectively you need to have both data plan (for IM's) and voice plan (to make calls) this is why it's strictly locked to verizon...

Nothing new IM+ and iSkoot already do this.

The reason why VOIP will never truely be possible either by 3G or Wifi is because the blackberry applications can only either playback or record. But not to both at the same time, so u can push to talk... a bit like a walkie talkie. It's call half duplex. I think due to a limitation in the Blackberry hardware full duplex VOIP is not allowed. If you wanna try the half duplex App IM+ have one.

Hope this clears things up for people.

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I think the exclusivity to Verizon is a bit more simplistic than what you're citing. It comes down to money and marketing. The average "joe" doesn't care which part of VZW's network is used in the process, he/she just knows it's Skype and they'll find some value in it. VZW obviously sees it as a tool to lure some subscribers from competitors due to this feature set, and depending on how many Skype friends one has, it could allow them to save money and lower their rate plan if their minute-usage declines.

This application isn't going to be available for just Blackberry. VZW is rolling it out to the Droid and Eris as well. You can place true VoIP calls using a VZW-air-card or while tethering and Skype on a laptop. It's not a network or device limitation. If it were, other IM applications would have similar limitations in a Blackberry environment.

Does anyone know if the Skype app is available or will be available for use on at&t phones in the foreseeable future?

We don't know what the exclusivity agreement says so we can't say when it will be allowed on other US carriers.

I am definitely going to download this tomorrow! I might stay up till midnight to get it(if it comes out at midnight)! If not, I when I wake up I'll download it for sure!!!

WHAT DO YOU BET THAT THIS WILL BE ANOTHER FORCE FED APP FROM VERIZON, SUCKING DOWN MORE OF OUR DEVICE MEMORY WITH NO WAY TO DELETE IT......

ANOTHER VERIZON APP I WILL NEVER USE.

You mean the little icon that is just a launcher to the OTA installer?

Just highlight it and then open options via the blackberry button and hide it.

Only works on the national network. I guess that means no Skype on my Tour while deployed overseas :( Should have gone with the IPhone, at least I would have had WiFi.