Huge Surprise Teamup: Verizon & Skype Creating Global VoIP Over 3G Calling Communiity

Here’s a very surprising (to me) and welcome piece of news from Skype’s blog…

Verizon Wireless and Skype join forces to create a global mobile calling community

The team-up begins next month and brings the following VoIP services over Verizon’s 3G network:

– make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network;
– call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates;
– send and receive instant messages to other Skype users; and
– remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

These services will be available first for these smartphones:
BlackBerry Storm 9530
BlackBerry Storm2 9550
BlackBerry Curve 8330
BlackBerry Curve 8530
BlackBerry 8830 World Edition
BlackBerry Tour 9630
Motorola DROID
Motorola DEVOUR

I’m looking forward to testing this by recording a short podcast using Skype over 3G on my Droid. Stay tuned for a podcast sound quality check next month. I’ll use a LiveScribe Pulse smartpen to record the conversation.