Skype On Verizon Coming Thursday

Mar 23 2010, 6:57pm CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Skype On Verizon Coming Thursday
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Verizon's mobile Skype app, which was announced last month, will be available for nine handsets the day after tomorrow. It's a free download but it's not as good as it seems.

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.

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