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Verizon Skype Mobile is NOT a True VoIP Application

skype mobile no domestic calls 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.

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  1. Pretty sure you can blame Verizon for this…

  2. WOW this really sucks, is there a true VOIP application? If I am paying for Data why shouldn’t i be able to make calls over VOIP? is like the ISP saying hey you cannot use skype to make calls you have to use our Internet Phone which is going to cost you $19.99. This is ridiculous. I found a company that is developing VOIP Client for Smartphone like Iphone, Android and Symbian. They offer free nationwide and international calls on the mobile. Check it out http://www.callarc.com

  3. I could care less if it’s a VoIP app or not. I know I will absolutely love this app! Being able to call Skype contacts for free is a dream come true. My whole family leaves on another continent. Since they are always on Skype it’s going to be a treat catching up with them from my Storm2 during my commutes. Killer app!!!!!!

  4. Anyone surprised by this didn’t read the announcements. Thus is Verizon people! Did you HONESTLY think Verizon would roll out a service that totally eliminates your need for their minutes? Get real…

    Skype must have got one heck of a deal as they obvio

  5. Anyone surprised by this didn’t read the announcements. Thus is Verizon people! Did you HONESTLY think Verizon would roll out a service that totally eliminates your need for their minutes? Get real…

    Skype must have got one heck of a deal as they obviously sold their soul.

  6. Darn. Guess I should of been expecting this, never the less still looking forward to it!

  7. The app can be downloaded from http://mobile.vzw.com/download/Bourbon/BB9630/Skype_mobile.jad (also, now #17 on the Get Applications menu off of the VZStart Browser homepage). Apparently, all Skype calls are routed through a Verizon Wireless number (404.941.8603 [at least in my case]) that is added to the Address Book. So far the app appears to be well implemented as far as layout, but time will tell…

  8. If the calls are routed through a verizon number wouldn’t that mean our calls don’t count as minutes? Since we get free verizon to verizon?

  9. Also does not work outside of the us. What a waste.

  10. Thanks for this post. It’s short and to the point for people who didn’t catch the truth behind the technology. I think Sip Droid, Fring, and iSip are a lot closer, but it’ll be some time before a successful VoIP app for a smart phone comes out.

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