This could potentially be a biggie: Om Malik asked Skype and Verizon CEO’s about the details of their deal and whether or not Skype would work with other US carriers, but they dodged the question. They can evade but they cannot hide I suppose – Malik tapped some of his own sources who had some VERY interesting things to say about the new partnership:
The deal, my sources tell me, is an exclusive partnership between the two that will last for a period of 2-3 years. No other U.S. carrier is going to get a similar Skype offering – which also bolsters my theory that Skype can help Verizon distinguish itself amongst smartphone offerings, especially the iPhone.
Don’t forget that Skype has an iPhone app so you’ve got to wonder how that plays into the picture. How do you Verizon customers feel, you know, the ones who are used to getting things last and having the door closed on you? How about non-Verizon customers who were hoping for Skype to come to their service offerings?
This is by no means a done deal so let’s be patient and wait, maybe 2-3 years, to see who else announces a Skype service plan.