Written by: Amelia Gurley
Skype's deal with Verizon has finally borne fruit. The new Skype mobile app for Verizon smartphones, allows users to make unlimited Skype calls via their mobile phones. The new application, launched Thursday March 25, 2010, lets users make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls and send and receive unlimited instant messages from other Skype users. It also offers special low rates for international callers who use the app. While Skype-to-Skype calls are not charged against monthly minute plans, all calls made through Skype mobile to international mobile and landline phones require Skype credit, which means the market may soon be seeing a rush of new users for Skype.
All Skype calls using the new application are made over the Verizon wireless voice network. Skype writer Peter Parkes boasts that the Skype/Verizon partnership results in "a reliable connection and top-notch quality."
The new application is avaliable for any Verizon customer with a smartphone and data plan. Skype mobile is currently compatible with several BlackBerry smartphones, including Storm 9530, Storm 2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour 9630. Motorola's DROID and DEVOUR and HTC's DROID ERIS are also compatible with the app, and Skype promises to add more phones and platforms as the year goes on.
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