Skype set for Verizon 3G
Cellular VoiP for BlackBerry, Android
Verizon Wireless has joined forces with Skype to allow select BlackBerry and Android phones to make internet calls across its 3G network starting in March.
On Tuesday, the pair announced new smartphone software called Skype Mobile, which will let US Verizon customers with data plans make free Skype-to-Skype calls across the globe. It will also allow international calls to any phone at Skype's standard rates.
Skype's always-on smartphone app will also allow users to send and receive instant messages and see their contacts' online status, the company said.
The move is an abrupt about-face for Verizon. Previously, it did not allow customers to make internet calls over its network. Verizon's decision follows AT&T's decision to allow VoIP-over-3G calls. AT&T is the exclusively wireless provider for the Apple iPhone, and VoIP began hitting Steve Jobs's handheld status symbol at the end of January.
Under the Verizon deal, Skype Mobile will initially be available on BlackBerry's Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour 9630. The service will also debut for Motorola's Android OS-based Droid and Devour, plus HTC's Droid Eris. It will be made available for the nine phones in late March and will come pre-installed in new handsets.
The app was jointly developed by Verizon and Skype and will be available exclusively in the US.
Verizon said additional details on their plans with the Skype Mobile app will be served at the CTIA tradeshow in March. ®
Not handset skype though
This is probably the same as 3's skype offering, where the Voice to IP is actually done by the carrier and not the handset.
And Skype is well known to let security and law agenices in through it's revolving back door.
I suspect it is not VOIP as such
Most likely they use a proxy - same as 3 in the UK.
Now we know
Now we know why skype did not make an app for blackberies for bloody years.
they were waiting for an exclusive deal
Re: SKYPE archiving all messages ?
Quite strange to be paranoid about archiving messages, then signing your post with your real name, no?
SKYPE archiving all messages ?
since they are going to be running I suspect the US DOJ and FBI will be very interested !