Unlimited Skype Calls Coming to Select Verizon Smart Phones Starting in March

In a joint press conference today, Verizon and Skype announced that Skype has created a mobile app exclusively for Verizon smart phones. Starting in March, the app will allow users to make Skype calls, often free, in lieu of using voice minutes.

The client will be available to owners of select RIM phones: BlackBerry Storm, Storm 2, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and the Tour 9630. It will also be available on such Android devices as the Motorola Droid, HTC Droid Eris, and Motorola Devour.

The last leg of these Skype calls will be routed through Verizon’s circuit switchboard, which means they’re technically not on the data network, but the voice network. However, these calls will not dig into the minutes that users purchase with their voice plans. Calls and instant messages to other Skype users are free; for international calls, Skype’s typical (and reasonable) fees apply.

The announcement comes at a time when ISPs and carriers aren’t nearly done┬ápondering to what extent users should be charged for using unequal amounts of bandwidth. Verizon’s decision to allow unlimited Skype calls, and at a potential loss, certainly falls on the liberal end of that debate.

Verizon won’t necessarily lose too much money, though: it’s still requiring smartphone owners to purchase a voice plan.

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  1. NookSurfer Says:

    Doesn’t Skype have an app for the iPhone? It doesn’t seem like Skype is being exclusive to Verizon so I don’t find this THAT big of a news.

  2. dave Says:

    the key word is FREE.. the iPhone deal was only free as a limited time promotion to sucker you in to paying for it later. Verizon can see the potential resulting fallout from pissed off iPhone users who don’t want to pay for the app. Verizon has the best deals right now, unless you’re buying some ghetto Straight-talk / Tracphone. I hope people leave iPhone in droves for this.

  3. LUIS Says:

    THE ONLY BAD THINK THAT I SEE ON SKYPE IS THAT NO HAVE A CUSTOMER SUPPORT FOR NEW USERS. IN MY CASE I BUY $10.00 IN MINUTES AND NEVER I CAN USE THEM. I SEND A LOT OF EMAILS AND NEVER RESOLVE MY PROBLEMS, SO I LOST MY MONEY. TAKE CARE IF YOU ARE A NEW USER. NOBODY CAN HELPS YOU.

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