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Today, along with announcing their recent acquisition of Qik, Skype has also announced that they plan to bring video calling to a wide variety of 4G Android devices on Verizon. It has become obvious across mobile platforms that video calling is a feature that is in high demand, and Verizon and Skype wanted to ensure that they were not left behind with this; and to make sure they utilized the front and rear facing cameras to the max. Currently they expect this feature to be usable mid-2011, so while unfortunately not yet available, it is on its way!

Skype Mobile to Bring Video Calling to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

 

Get Ready to Choose 4G LTE Smartphones to Make Video Calls to Friends and Family Around the World

LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LUXEMBOURG, Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and Skype said today that Skype mobile™ with video will soon be available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.  This new version of Skype mobile from Verizon Wireless will be deeply integrated into a wide range of 4G smartphones to be available by mid-2011.  With front- and rear-facing cameras, these Android-based 4G LTE smartphones will make it simple for customers to make Skype-to-Skype video calls over Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.

 

Customers will be able to see and hear their friends and family when making or receiving Skype-to-Skype video calls on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, the fastest and most advanced 4G network in the nation.  The new offer expands Skype's video calling capabilities for millions and provides a great video experience using the speed, low-latency and quality of Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE wireless network.  

 

"Skype mobile with video is the kind of application that truly shows off what a 4G network can mean to consumers.  Keeping in touch with friends and family will be more enjoyable because video calling over the fastest and most advanced 4G network is coming.  Finally, using Skype mobile with video, 'you can see what I see, and I can see what you see' becomes reality, and it's because of the combination of Skype and Verizon Wireless – and our 4G LTE network," said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.

 

"We heard the demand for mobile video calling loud and clear from our users and are delighted to meet this demand with a mobile video calling product that takes advantage of Verizon Wireless' new network in the U.S.," said Russ Shaw, general manager and vice president of Skype's Mobile Business Unit.  "Skype mobile with video will enable Verizon Wireless and Skype users to share special moments face to face with those who matter most – from wherever they may be."

 

Consumer devices with a wide range of applications, including Skype mobile with video, are expected to be available by mid-2011.  The low-latency of the 4G LTE network makes it ideal for video calling and chatting across the room to another wireless phone or around the world to a PC or Mac.  

 

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network.  Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

Skype mobile with video represents the next phase in the strategic relationship between the two companies, which began last year when Verizon Wireless and Skype launched the initial version of Skype mobile for Verizon Wireless customers.  Skype mobile continues to provide customers with Skype-to-Skype voice calls over Verizon Wireless' leading network.  

 

More details on Skype mobile with video will be available at CES in Verizon Wireless' booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center).  

 

For more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte, www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless.

 

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Skype and Verizon announce video calling on many of their 4G Android devices

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I didn't see exclusive anywhere in the announcement. I would think they would be advertising it if it was... I am just hoping we see it in the market before summer.

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With front- and rear-facing cameras, these Android-based 4G LTE smartphones will make it simple for customers to make Skype-to-Skype video calls over Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.

And what's worse, is Verizon dings your minutes for all skype handset to handset calls.

Skype is becoming useless.

I hope they don't leave us early 4G adopters in the dark on this one. I would love to get Skype video calling on my Epic, especially since I just fired up Froyo and got Skype working, finally. I absolutely love it.

And will it use their anemic data plan? How many calls before I hit their cap? Wait until everyone starts complaining that "users are using too much data!"

verizon data plans for SMARTPHONES have never had a cap. the 5 gig data cap everyone talks about is for usb dongles and mifi only!

Tango audio quality is horrible right now though, and you can't video chat with pcs. Oovoo is the closest to getting it right at the moment, but skype would be ideal. I'm not a huge fan of this exclusive to verizon deal, everyone else on other networks are being shunned. I have an evo, and the ffc is basically useless right now with no top quality program out there.

Again tango is close, but they need to fix audio, and add pc support.

They make it sound as if you actually -need- 4G for video calls, which is ridiculous. As is this whole Skype-Verizon crap.

What's with all this carrier exclusive crap. I know they're a business and want to make money, but come on. We're all Android brothers and sisters, are we not? ;o)

All four new devices on Verizon's new 4G network will have it. Check it out: Verizon’s new LTE/4G phones, will you buy one? http://exm.nr/h0JIO7 and let's be smart people if they bought Qik soon you'll receive an update and it is available to all Android users just download Qik now.