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Verizon Wireless Partners With Skype

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Verizon Wireless Partners With Skype

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Verizon Wireless Partners With Skype

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Verizon Wireless announced that its smart phone users will be able to use the Internet phone company Skype. It's the first U.S. carrier to allow Skype on its network. Mobile companies have long shunned these free or low-cost calling services, which let customers circumvent the usual way to make calls — which is how carriers make money.

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WERTHEIMER: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Verizon Wireless has announced that its Smartphone users will be able to use the Internet phone company Skype. It's the first U.S. carrier to allow Skype on its network. Mobile companies have long shunned these free or low-cost calling services because they allow customers to circumvent the usual way to make phone calls, and that's how carriers make their money. But they're under pressure from consumers and the government regulators to open up the networks. AT&T recently agreed to allow voiceover Internet services on its phones.

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