Skype to Work on Verizon's Android & BlackBerry Phones


Skype and Verizon (s VZ) are likely to announce a brand-new partnership tomorrow at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) currently being held in Barcelona. The two companies are keeping mum about their plans. Just not quiet enough.

The Verizon-Skype partnership isn’t going to mimic the relationship between Skype and 3 UK, a division of Hutchison Whampoa. The result of that partnership was the launch of Skypephone. In that specific case, 3 UK used a more traditional circuit switched solution to route the phone calls. It used the data connection for signaling and instant messaging features.

Verizon is likely to use a variant of this methodology, according to our friend Andy Abramson, who picked up some additional details in Barcelona. According to him the devices that are likely to use Skype over Verizon Wireless would include “RIM Storm, Storm 2, Curve, Curve2, Tour and Tour2 and the 8830 World Edition Blackberry, plus all the Androids from Motorola and HTC.” As Andy explains, this should help Verizon sell more data connections on its 3G network and of course offer some sort of bragging rights over the iPhone.



Everyone asking how the Skype will affect your minutes/ data from Verizon:

Skype’s website says that using Skype Mobile for calling/ messaging won’t count against your data/ minutes usage with Verizon. But I’ve done a little research, and obviously you only have free Skype-Skype calling, so even with a Skype account you have to have credit to call landlines/ cellulars.

Aside from using Skype to call non-Skype devices, you have unlimited messaging/ voice.


Wait–the Tour2 isn’t even out yet. Does anyone have any idea when it’ll be out? I’ve been wanting to use my Verizon upgrade forever!


Question — will running Skype over Verizon’s 3G network tick down monthly voice minutes? Or will Skype calls operate over Verizon’s data network and not count against a subscriber’s monthly bucket of minutes?


Having Verizon, and using the moto droid, I haven’t checked into it that much. Am I wrong in assuming that if I have a skype account as long as I am on wifi,I have unlimited calling?

I don’t call nearly as much as email and texting and such, but if it is unlimited calling, I would think this would be enough motivation to buy a skype capable phone just for the anytime calling, again assuming it doesn’t effect my cellular minuets.

Bob Flow

Skype works with a 3G dongle on VZ right?

So why can’t it work on a phone?

Ricky Cadden

Ummm, any reason the photo for this post shows the Nokia N900, which is powered by Maemo, and not Android OR BlackBerry, nor is it compatible with Verizon’s network? Might as well have used a Motorola RAZR.

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