Skype mobile uses the Verizon voice network for the wireless connection of the Skype-to-Skype calls.
Verizon customers with Android 3G smartphones and BlackBerry 3G smartphones can now call international phone numbers at Skype calling rates.
They need a Verizon Wireless smartphone and data plan to use Skype mobile. Skype-to-Skype calls will not be charged against their monthly minute allowances or data plans.
The service will be available initially on BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm2 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour 9630, as well as Motorola’s DROID, DROID ERIS by HTC and Motorola DEVOUR.
According to John Harrobin, Senior VP of Digital Media and Marketing at Verizon Wireless, "Skype mobile will change the way mobile consumers in the United States make and receive calls."
"With an ‘always on’ capability, Skype mobile on your 3G smartphone means you never have to miss a call or make an appointment to connect with Skype users around the world. With Skype mobile, we’re untethering Skype users from their PCs and enabling them to stay connected – on the best wireless network in the country,” he said.