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Skype Announces Free VoIP Calls Over Verizon 3G Network

Skype has announced that its Skype for Android users in the US will now be able to VoIP calls over the 3G network.

Earlier, the Skype for Android app was limited only to making calls over Wi-Fi. Skype had changed that by announcing a deal with Verizon, allowing Skype Android users on Verizon to make VoIP calls on its network.

However, with the new Skype for Android version, US Android users will be able to make 3G VoIP calls irrespective of the provider. Users have constantly been urging Skype to bring this functionality to the Android app but it continued to delay it without any particular reason.

Perhaps the delay was a part of its deal with Verizon or perhaps there were technical difficulties involved. Whatever the case may be, Skype for Android users seem to have been rewarded for their patience.

“Skype for Android lets you talk for free with Skype-to-Skype calls, and send and receive instant messages no matter where you are. You can connect using 3G or a Wi-Fi connection, and it's free to download and easy to use - so if you haven't used it before, give it a try today,” Skype said in a blog post (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.