Here is some depressing news. I thought somebody finally figured out how to implement a VoIP BlackBerry app but sadly Skype & Verizon have not. Skype is scheduled to release the Skype Mobile app on Verizon tomorrow but the BoyGenius managed to get a first look of the app on the BlackBerry Storm at CTIA.
The main findings are:
- The Skype Mobile application is not a true VoIP solution. The calls are routed over Verizon’s voice network to Skype’s servers. Only the IM and status updates go through the data network. That means that this app will not work on other carriers networks.
- You cannot dial domestic numbers from the app since the app will prompt you to use your Verizon Wireless calling plan. I guess that makes sense considering the first finding.
Still it will be fun to get free Skype to Skype voice calls and cheaper international call rates. Keep an eye out on www.skype.com/mobile for the service release tomorrow.