Tuesday, February 16, 2010

VW and Skype: Unlimited 3G Calling Starting Next Month!

Competition rocks! Verizon and Skype have teamed up together to allow 3G calls next month. And guess what? Unlimited. U-N-L-I-M-I-T-E-D.

How could this have happened without anyone knowing about it? What's key here is that the whole dynamics of voice and data plans have changed dramatically. Of course, we love to see the prices before making a final call but I'm sure folks at the other wireless companies are moving quickly to follow up on this and come up with an answer if they didn't already.

The new Skype mobile™ 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 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.
As you know, AT&T is allowing 3G calls to be made over their network earlier this month, shortly after Apple unveiled the iPad. Fring on the iPhone has already enabled it and Skype is sure to follow shortly though that hasn't happened yet.

The iPad will not need a voice plan so it remains to be seen if VW will do something to allow data only access. The press release offers very little information in that sense. This is for Skype-to-Skype calls as well as international calls using Skype Out.

Well know as the days and weeks go on just what VW is allowing, monthly pricing, and how others are likely to respond. We'll make the call to see if this was a bold move once all the details are on. But so far, I'm loving it.

More at Engadget, VW Press Release

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