Recently Verizon Wireless and Skype have announced that they will be joining forces and offer Skype’s application to unlocked mobile phone users over the wireless 3G network. With this easy to use offer Verizon 3G customers who have a data plan can use Skype mobile to:
- Make and receive unlimited Skype to Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe.
- Call international numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
- Send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
- Remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence
With this new feature Verizon Wireless is basically extending their customer’s unlimited calling community to anyone who uses Skype around the globe. With Skype quickly becoming one of the most popular instant messaging and VoIP programs on the internet this partnership is a great move for both Skype and Verizon Wireless to help grow the Skype brand.
Since many people will want to be continuously connected to their Skype conversations and friend list having the ability to carry these conversations on your mobile phone, like the Sony Ericsson Aspen, is a very logical step. Also, since Verizon Wireless will be rolling out this partnership over the 3G network there should be great reliability for anyone who will be using the Skype platform for their competitive international calling rates.
It will be interesting to see if any of the other mobile phone carries follow in Verizon’s footsteps and add Skype’s features to their network in the near future.