Skype and Verizon Wireless are embracing one another and taking a step into the future together. Skype and Verizon Wireless just announced that they'll be partnering up to deliver a full Skype experience for Android devices (and Blackberry) on Verizon Wireless. Here's what you'll be able to do with Skype on Verizon Wireless:

  • make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network
  • call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
  • send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
  • remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence

The current plan is to launch in March on the Motorola Droid, Motorola Devour, & Droid Eris (among other Blackberry phones). Skype will come pre-installed on those devices, fully integrated. This is huge because it kind of, sort of enables users to use Skype in lieu of Verizon Wireless for phone calls, potentially saving users a ton of money. If Verizon just offered a data only plan for Android devices, it'd be even more amazing.

We're not sure how this Skype+Verizon Wireless deal works out for the rest of the industry because there are other Android devices on other networks. Will they receive the same application that Verizon Wireless Android devices would? Would the other carriers allow the same functionality? We'll see soon.

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Skype and Verizon become friends, Skype over 3G coming to Android

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I'm a Droid owner, and this really makes me feel like 2.1 is coming in March and not this week. It'd be so much easier for verizon to only push one Potts in Q1

March is less than 2 weeks away, it wouldn't be too much longer. Maybe they'll surprise us and release them early! (doubt it)

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.

I don't think you can use the VOIP part of Skype over AT&Ts 3G though, just on wifi. It used to be this way at least, they could have changed it now. Verizon is letting you use it over 3G so you don't need to use your minutes.

Skype on the iPhone is crippled since the iPhone doesn't support background apps. You can only make, not receive VoIP calls.

skype is on iphone, but no Voice chat/VOIP is allowed. So this IS BIG NEWS. All the networks until today have banned/blocked VOIP because it competes with their calling plans. you wouldn't have to pay for the expensive voice plans. with this in mind you can now buy the lowest plan and assuming all your friends are on skype to, do a skype to skype voice call moving forward. This obviously doesn't hurt verizon that much because you still need their voice to land lines to call businesses. I assume verizon is going to get a cut of the skype to land line rates so verizon doesn't lose out. but who knows.

good news either way!

I thinking you can use it also on wifi when you are overseas at hotspots as the Droid does not work as a world phone. So now I can use my phone (kind of ) over seas to make free calls back to the US

I converted from iPhone to Nexus One, and I really do miss Skype over wifi. Over 3G would be a bonus, but for goodness sake at least give us Skype over wifi on any Android device on any carrier.

It is a big deal because of the convenience factor, but not the savings factor, in my opinion. If I'm not mistaking, the cheapest you can get a plan voice/data on Verizon is $85 ($40 voice/$45 data). So it doesn't really revolutionize the pricing structure since cheap unlimited plans took off about a year or so ago.

It is nice being that much more "connected" with your networks, and a good way to utilize a different phone number (maybe for your business contacts) on your phone.

Up next: Skype video conferencing...MAKE IT HAPPEN!

So if Skype will be pre installed on the Motorola Droids commming out in March...how will the rest of us, that already have Droids, be able to put it on our phones?

Yeah this could have been fricken awesome, but guess what? Verizon made it suck my f'n. F U verizon. You suck. After the way you did us on our business account I would never use or recommend your service again.