Verizon to allow Skype on Blackberry and Android Smartphones

Verizon [VZ] have announced that they are now to allow smartphones connected to their network to use Skype. The network will now allow unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls within the US and also allow you to utilise cheaper SkypeOut calling rates both in and out of the US.

Phones that are compatible include the Blackberry Storm, Storm2, 8330, 8530, 8830 and Tour 9630. Also a number of Android based phones are also capable of utilising the service.

To utilise Skype services you will need to have a dataplan along with a compatible phone. When these are available you’ll be able to…

* 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; and
* remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

It’s an interesting move forwards for Verizon and a great move in my opinion to lower costs of communication. Lets hope their network holds up to the extra data that will be transferring across it shortly. Service will be starting in March.

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