Verizon announced that starting Thursday, March 25th, many of its customers with 3G smartphones will soon be able to use the Skype Mobile app.

With Skype, people will be able to make free voice calls, send instant messages, share files, and also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles (national and international).

Skype-to-Skype calls will not affect verizon minutes.

The phones eliglible for the free download are the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm 9550, Curve 8330, Curve 8530, 8830 World Edition, and Tour 9630 smartphones, as well as the Motorola Droid, Droid Devour, and HTC ERIS.

There are a bunch of ways to get the app on your phone. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/skypemobile from a PC to enter the mobile phone number to receive a text message with a link to the application. Verizon Wireless customers can also text “SKYPE” to 2255 to receive the link. While Android users will be able to download the app from Android Market.

Here's the nitty-gritty:

  • • Unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype Contact around the globe;
  • • send and receive unlimited instant messages with other Skype users;
  • • manage the Skype contact list directly from the mobile application; and
  • • call international phone numbers at competitive Skype calling rates.

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