Verizon Bites the Bullet and Embraces Skype

February 17, 2010

9:45 am

The moment has been coming, I am just not sure we expected it from one of the big boys on the block like Verizon.  As our phones have become smarter and more capable, the only natural thing we want to do is take advantage of the increased capabilities.  3G networks have always held the promised of increased network application, but as we all know that speed and bandwith comes with a hefty price.  With the advent of the iPhone many people pined for the ability to utilize the network to make VOIP calls over the 3g network, but so far the providers like AT&T and Verizon have shied away from allowing this by forcing applications to only allow this activity over a wifi connection.

Today Verizon took a huge step in embracing this new trend and understanding its  inevitability by announcing this:

Starting next month, all Verizon Wireless customers with smartphones (and an accompanying data plan) will be able to make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any user in the world over its 3G network, which is something that AT&T users have been able to do since last autumn.

Let us repeat that: VZW, which is known historically as one of the most controlling carriers in this great nation, is opening up its 3G network for limitless Skype calling. The forthcoming Skype Mobile application will also support Skype Out calling, instant messaging between Skype users and an ability to “remain always connected… to see friends’ online presence.” Nine smartphones will be compatible at launch

  • BlackBerry Storm 9530
  • BlackBerry Storm2
  • BlackBerry Curve 8330
  • BlackBerry Curve 8530
  • BlackBerry Curve 8830 World Edition
  • BlackBerry Tour 9630
  • Motorola Droid
  • HTC Droid Eris
  • Motorola Devour

I, for one, am very happy to hear this, especially the ability to stay online, enabling Skype calls to find you wherever you may be. Even though AT&T allowed skype calls over 3G a while back, the inability of the iPhone to multitask never allowed it to fully utilize all of the benefits of a VOIP app like Skype like it will be able to on an Android platform.

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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at jjg3photo.com/.

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