Skype Wants On Cell Networks

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Interesting developments for Skype users, as the company's just filed a petition with the FCC to ask the latter to force cellphone carriers to loosen up the usage terms for VoIP. As of now, even if you've got a fast data connection like EV-DO or HSDPA, the providers have largely made it against the EULA—with punishment of cancellation—to use stuff like Skype over your data plan.

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Skype wants to make the FCC force providers to cut it out, essentially paving the way to allow future phones to be able to use the "unlimited" data plans on cellphone carriers to make their Skype calls. Carriers, of course, don't like this, because it takes away from their usage minutes. We'll see how this one plays out.

Skype files FCC petition to open up cellular nets [EETimes via Mobile Mag]

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I think a little differently about this. Why wouldn't the carriers allow skype on their networks?

At this point they are giving away voice minutes and trying to make money on data plans, text messaging and download services.

It would appear that they could allow skype and make up the money lost on voice minutes with data plans.

At a minimum, it would seem that if you are using skype you are using your device to access the internet. As device screens get bigger, accessing the web on a device for more reasons will become more common and lead to more data plan revenue.

my 2 cents...