August 29, 2014

Verizon Details Skype Partnership

Verizon and Skype made their joint announcement this afternoon in Barcelona and it stands to benefit millions of subscribers, including those with Android handsets. Starting in March, Droid, Devour and Droid Eris handsets will be loaded with a special version of Skype Mobile designed for Verizon customers.  This software will give these users plenty of freedom as it pertains to making and receiving calls from around the world.

A few of the features outlined in the press release today:

  • Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network;
  • Call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates;
  • Send and receive instant messages to other Skype users; and
  • Remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

Josh Silverman, chief executive officer of Skype, noted, “People want to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go, whether it’s on a PC, TV or increasingly mobile phones. Verizon Wireless will give U.S. consumers the best Skype experience on mobile phones and will truly change the way people call their friends and family internationally.”

Aside from Android handsets, others to load Skype Mobile include Blackberry Storm, Curve, and Tour.

What Say You?

Does this give you any added benefit?  Are minutes even a problem for you?  Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.