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Verizon shows off its (newly) exclusive Skype service for Android phones

Meet the new Skype (opens in new tab), same as the old Skype. Except that this Skype is exclusive on Verizon (and is no longer welcome on Windows Mobile, apparently). But no bother. We've got the Android-powered Motorola Droid, Droid Eris and Devour on Big Red, so there will be plenty of VOIP calling to be had.

If you're new to Skype and the whole Voice over IP (Internet Protocol) thing, Verizon's worked up a handy cartoon (after the break) to explain what all this is about. What it doesn't answer: Exactly when we're going to see it. And color us paranoid, but we're still waiting to be nickled-and-dimed somehow. There must be charges at some point, right? Anyhoo, check out the video, and stay tuned for the Android app to come. [Verizon Wireless]

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  • Says "at no extra charge", but there has to be a catch...
  • The "catch" may be that Verizon paid Skype to not allow anyone but Verizon's customers to make calls over 3G.
  • it clearly says 'must have a data plan' in the vid, other than that there should be no other catch, much like 3 mobile in the UK with free skype but we dont have to have any data (ie free full stop) but you have to stay within 3,000 mins
  • there is a beta app in the market. i've had the app for weeks and have used it several times. it works very well.
  • So this probably isnt an app that modders will be able to port to other networks huh? LAME..
  • Perhaps they will get a cut when you make land-line calls. In free skype, you can call skype to skype, but if you want a number for people to call with their phones, or you want to call terrestrial phone numbers, you need to pay. Maybe those charges can go to your cellphone bill.