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Skype Mobile Launches on Verizon This Thursday

We knew this day was on the horizon, but today Verizon made this Thursday the official launch day for Skype Mobile through an announcement at CTIA in Vegas.  Here are some of the details…

Beginning Thursday, new and existing Verizon Wireless customers with Android 3G smartphones and BlackBerry 3G smartphones can get Skype mobile in a number of ways.  Visit www.verizonwireless.com/skypemobile or www.skype.com/go/mobile from a PC to enter the mobile phone number to receive a text message with a link to the application.  Verizon Wireless customers can also text “SKYPE” to 2255 to receive the link.  In addition, Android customers will be able to download the app from Android Market™.  New BlackBerry customers will find the application on their 3G smartphones’ home screens in the Downloads folder when activate

And some of the uses…

Skype mobile gives Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans a simple new way to stay in touch with friends, family and business colleagues around the corner and around the world while on Verizon Wireless’ network.  Skype mobile users can:

  • make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype contact around the globe;
  • send and receive unlimited instant messages with other Skype users;
  • manage the Skype contact list directly from the mobile application; and
  • call international phone numbers at competitive Skype calling rates.

I’m actually pretty excited to test this out, especially now that some of my friends have joined the 21st century by purchasing smart phones.  Anyone else?

  • Luckyu30

    I am wondering, if I am using skype overseas and I am on my Droid and they are on computer is there a charge??

  • jamalogist

    I agree, when is video support coming? The data plan is there. The hardware is there (Droid 5mp cam).

  • jamalogist

    I agree, when is video support coming. The hardware is there (Droid 5mp camera). The data plan is there. What's the hold-up??

  • erichwessel

    If you have Android and you do not have Verizon – you're still lost?

  • Rob

    I guess I get it. At first I just understood this to be a good thing for people calling overseas. If I am understanding this… you can skype to skype someone and save minutes? Too bad almost everyone I know is on Verizon… or well… I guess.

  • aarynk

    I have a Skype account already so this is a welcome addition to my Droid!! Now if only they can get that official 2.1 update out so I can see if I want to un root or not!!

  • Jer

    what about Skype video calls? I mean it would be hard for the droid cam…but will be able to see other ppls cam when they are on Skype?

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeffrey Bernard

    this is a pretty nice little feature. i might have to encourage more people to get skype and skype-enabled smart phones so i can get some use out of this baby.

  • NewDroidOrder

    Who needs skype when u have google voice? I love it, I really use it all that much because most that I talk to use verizon so minutes aren't an issue.

  • Octotron

    I am excited to make my mother get Skype now so I don't have to use minutes to talk to her, heh.

  • androfan

    I wish I could get excited about it. I just don't know nearly enough people who have smartphones that allow Skype, so this won't have much of an impact on me unfortunately.

    Since I don't have an unlimited minutes plan, I really wish a few of my most-called contacts would get on the Skype train to make things easy for me.

  • Smurgen

    Could this be why 2.1 was delayed?

  • duckphan

    Been waiting for this. Have a friend in Australia and the only way we speak is with skype. Hopefully they won't delay it lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/thinkgeeks4u Think Geeks

    Google Voice why need Skype

    • ajavgeek

      How do you use GV and not use any wireless minutes? I would like to find out more info please.

      • ace87

        Add your GV number to your fav 10

        • ajavgeek

          Got it, unfortunately I am on 700 min plan so cannot do it. But thanks for the reply

  • monstergamer

    Could this be the reason Droid owner have not got the update, while others are getting the update?

  • machinegun68

    I guess if you know alot of people overseas and out of the country this would be cool.

  • http://twitter.com/bacchus71 Orlando Ja

    If this actually comes out on time, I'll forgive Verizon for the 2.1 OTA fiasco………..maybe :)

  • saimin

    Anyone going to cancel their voice cellular plan and use Skype for all your calls?

    • machinegun68

      Why would anyone do that?

  • Hoagie

    Well since Verizon is behind this it might be next Thursday.

  • syntakk

    Never really used Skype but I can see how this could definitely be a money saver. Now if only we can get some phones with front-facing cameras and Skype video support. Maybe when LTE comes along…

    • http://twitter.com/MrCapcomSama MrCapcom

      Yea that would nice not to interested in skype to skype calls if u home to use a pc or laptop im pretty sure ur near some type of IM or landline

  • shane0790

    I've been anxiously awaiting this. I use Skype on my laptop all the time, and would love to see what the mobile version will be able to do. ^^