Verizon and Skype have announced that Skype’s voice over IP software will be available on 9 Verizon wireless phones starting Thursday, March 25th. In plain English that means you’ll be able to make voice calls using your data plan.
Skype lets users make free calls to other Skype users. These calls won’t count against your mobile plan’s minutes. You can also purchase Skype credit to make low cost calls to phones. This comes in handy if you want to make international calls, since Skype tends to offer much lower rates for international calls than most mobile carriers. Domestic calls will be routed through Verizon’s network and will come out of your minutes.
At launch, Skype will be available for 6 BlackBerry models as well as 3 phones running Google Android. You’ll be able to download the app from the Android Market, by texting SKYPE to 2255 on your phone, or visiting skype.com/mobile.
The supported BlackBerry models will include the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition and Tour 9630. The first Verizon Android devices to support Skype will be the Droid, Droid Eris, and Devour.