Skype Mobile for Verizon Wireless Saves Money But Has Limited Appeal

It won’t let you get rid of that voice plan. You can’t use it overseas. And you can’t make video calls. So what does Skype Mobile do? It allows Android and BlackBerry owners on Verizon Wireless to make free calls to other Skype users, send and receive instant messages from other Skype users, and call international numbers (while you’re in the U.S.) at considerably lower rates than what the carrier would charge. If that gets you excited read on.

We got a chance to see the BlackBerry version in action and appreciated the app’s ease of use but weren’t blown away by the functionality. Heavy Skype users will like the ability to have group IM sessions and how simple it is to make group calls. And even though we were in a noisy room, call quality was solid, as it initially travels¬† over Verizon’s network before turning into a Skype call. We also like that you can import contacts from your BlackBerry address book.

Skype Mobile is worth it for those who have a lot of overseas contacts or for those who just have a lot of friends, co-workers, or clients who use the service regularly. But it’s not a game changer by any stretch. At least not yet. The app will be available for download tomorrow.

Mark Spoonauer
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Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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