Despite what the initial reception was to the Verizon-Skype announcement, users cannot simply place all their calls over a data network and use 0 plan minutes for eternity.
Instead, even calls made through Skype will be routed over Verizon's voice network. However, calls to other Skype users will still be free, but if you use the app to call a regular telephone number, it'll count just like a normal call.
"We purposely made the decision to route it over traditional circuit switched because that's what the network was designed for -- it was designed for voice," said Skype Mobile's general manager Russ Shaw.
Other benefits of Skype Mobile include Skype's instant messaging service, and the ability to send your contacts to Skype's mobile servers so they're saved if you buy a new phone.
Some Verizon phones will get the new Skype program automatically while others will require an app download. Expect to find the app on Thursday.
Mark Raby Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
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