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.