There's just no question about it: Skype
is really killing it. It's the
go-to name in VoIP
communications, and it's hard to find someone these
days with a smartphone that hasn't at least heard of Skype. In fact,
most have probably used it at least once. And with 4G technologies
coming to light, it's obvious that Skype will be right there to take
advantage. The company's Skype Mobile app was already on a number of
Android phones for Verizon early on, and now Skype is playing an even
larger role in Verizon's lineup.
With the official launch of Verizon's 4G LTE
network, Skype has
announced that Skype Mobile with video calling will soon be available on
the company's future LTE phones. The app will be "deeply integrated"
with those phones, tapping directly into contact books and maintaining
an "always on" status so that your Skype contacts can ring you whenever,
just like someone can now with your standard phone number. But the
bonus is video: with LTE, if both users are on that network, video
calling is just a click away. No more waiting to find a Wi-Fi network to
speak to someone "face to face."
It sounds like the tech will only work with two LTE phones, but maybe in
the future it'll cooperate with all of those other 4G networks.
Probably not, but hey, it's not too tough of a request, right?
Skype Mobile to Bring Video Calling to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network
Get Ready to Choose 4G LTE Smartphones to Make Video Calls to Friends and Family Around the World
LAS VEGAS, NV; BASKING RIDGE, NJ; LUXEMBOURG; 6 January 2011 – From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and Skype said today that Skype mobile™ with video will soon be available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. This new version of Skype mobile from Verizon Wireless will be deeply integrated into a wide range of 4G smartphones to be available by mid-2011. With front- and rear-facing cameras, these Android-based 4G LTE smartphones will make it simple for customers to make Skype-to-Skype video calls over Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
Customers will be able to see and hear their friends and family when making or receiving Skype-to-Skype video calls on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, the fastest and most advanced 4G network in the nation. The new offer expands Skype’s video calling capabilities for millions and provides a great video experience using the speed, low-latency and quality of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE wireless network.
“Skype mobile with video is the kind of application that truly shows off what a 4G network can mean to consumers. Keeping in touch with friends and family will be more enjoyable because video calling over the fastest and most advanced 4G network is coming. Finally, using Skype mobile with video, ‘you can see what I see, and I can see what you see’ becomes reality, and it’s because of the combination of Skype and Verizon Wireless – and our 4G LTE network,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.
“We heard the demand for mobile video calling loud and clear from our users and are delighted to meet this demand with a mobile video calling product that takes advantage of Verizon Wireless’ new network in the U.S.,” said Russ Shaw, general manager and vice president of Skype’s Mobile Business Unit. “Skype mobile with video will enable Verizon Wireless and Skype users to share special moments face to face with those who matter most – from wherever they may be.”
Consumer devices with a wide range of applications, including Skype mobile with video, are expected to be available by mid-2011. The low-latency of the 4G LTE network makes it ideal for video calling and chatting across the room to another wireless phone or around the world to a PC or Mac.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.
Skype mobile with video represents the next phase in the strategic relationship between the two companies, which began last year when Verizon Wireless and Skype launched the initial version of Skype mobile for Verizon Wireless customers. Skype mobile continues to provide customers with Skype-to-Skype voice calls over Verizon Wireless’ leading network.
More details on Skype mobile with video will be available at CES in Verizon Wireless’ booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center).
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte, www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company at twitter.com/verizonwireless.