Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless expanded its selection of phones capable of downloading a Skype VoIP app, bringing Skype to Verizon's 3G multimedia phones for the first time.
Skype apps are already available for the carrier's Android-based smartphones and select BlackBerry smartphones.
The multimedia phones, which download Skype apps using Qualcomm's Brew platform, include the LG EnV Touch, LG Chocolate Touch and the Samsung Reality.
The app allows for free unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls from phones sold with a data plan to any other Skype user anywhere in the U.S. or the world. The Skype calls run over Verizon's voice network before they hit the Internet.
Skype calls made from a cellphone to domestic landline and wireless numbers use up minutes from the subscriber's voice plan. Skype cellphone calls to international numbers do not use up a customer's voice minutes but are charged by Skype at Skype's low international rates.
Customers with Android smartphones download the app from the Verizon Channel in Android Market, and owners of select BlackBerry smartphones download it from
through the smartphones' browser. For 3G multimedia phones, customers download the app from Media Center/Get It Now or the online media store at
. Alternately, consumers could text "SKYPE" to 2255 to get a message with the link to download Skype Mobile.