Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Can You Skype Me Now?

In the techie news (not that I'm a techie, but sometimes I like to pretend I am) it has been somewhat controversial that Verizon and Skype partner up. At the Mobile World Congress last month the announcement was made regarding this pairing and the tech world was a tad split on how good this would be for the industry. On one hand, Skype is a very inexpensive phone/video service available to almost anyone. On the other hand, Skype is a very inexpensive phone/video service available to almost anyone. Starting this week, the service will be available on 9 different smartphones. This is going to be fantastic for anyone - individual or business - who runs on a budget.

So I know that there is a Skype app for iPhones, but let's do a little comparison to see the differences between the Skypes.

The iPhone Skype application:
- you can't run other programs while using the app
- the app works over the Wi-Fi network (for now at least)

The Verizon Skype Mobile service:
- will be of the "always on" variety (your contacts will be able to see your presence and call you or IM you through the Skype service)
- routes calls over the Verizon 3G network (a network built for voice and call volume)
- does not impact available minutes on either calling/data plan

The Skype service, in general, has always been great for international calls. It is extremely cost-effective in that regard. That particular perk remains the same. The Skype Mobile service will allow international calls with a lower per-minute charge than you would normally incur on your cell phone.

My opinion (assuming you want it)? Good all around.

The story: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/192270/benefits_of_skype_mobile_on_verizon.html
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