As we published few days ago the potential partnership between Verizon and Skype, today at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Verizon Wireless and Skype officially announced a strategic relationship that will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless smartphones in March.
The new Skype mobile(TM) product enhances Verizon Wireless’ smartphones for users who have data plans by offering a new way to call around the globe, while also giving hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world the opportunity to communicate with friends, family and business colleagues in the United States using Verizon Wireless.
The two companies have created an exclusive, easy-to-use Skype mobile offering for 3G smartphones. Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans can use Skype mobile to:
- Make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on Verizon 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.
Note that native Skype app does not work on iPhone over 3G nor push notification. This partnership might explain why the delay!
Initially, Skype mobile will be available Verizon Wireless 3G smartphones with data plans, including the BlackBerry, as well as DROID by Motorola, DROID ERIS by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR(TM).
Customers interested in learning more about Skype mobile for Verizon Wireless smartphones can visit www.verizonwireless.com/skypemobile. Additional information about the service will be available next month.