Cellphone War: Skype Vs. Verizon

Why are lobbyists for Skype and Verizon at war? Because Skype wants to be allowed to operate on to your cellphone, and Verzion is saying no way.
From Russell Shaw’s ZDNet blog:

The issue at hand here is Skype’s “Carterphone petition” to the FCC. If granted, that would mandate that most cellphones and other handsets be made available to third-party applications, such as (well, duh) Skype.

So what’s a Carterphone? Don’t worry you liberal-haters, it has nothing to do with Jimmy Carter. It’s a device. From Wikipedia:

This particular device was involved in a landmark United States regulatory decision related to telecommunications. The 1968 Federal Communications Commission allowed the Carterfone and other devices to be connected directly to the AT&T network, as long as they did not cause damage to the system. This ruling created the possibility of selling devices that could connect to the phone system and opened up the market to numerous products, including answering machines, fax machines, cordless phones, computer modems and the early, dialup Internet.

The Carterphone provision was never applied to cellphones, giving providers a closed system. If Skype successfully petitions the FCC, cellphones could be “unlocked” to third-party applications such as Skype. This could be good for you, the Skype-loving consumer. —MEGHANN MARCO

Skype on cellphones? Skype, Verizon lobbyists square off [ZDNet]
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  1. BrewG0D says:

    Skype is a great application and might even sell me on the idea of getting a data pack when I get a new phone.
    If people can get a phone with little or no minutes plan & a data package, they’ll be able to make all their calls over the internet for almost nothing (30 bucks a year for US & Canada). The infrastructure might not be able to handle that sort of activity right now but, if demand is high enough, it will.

  2. nweaver says:

    Actually, there is some suggestion that a VoIP system over a cellphone would not be a hip – happenin thing, but would consume considerably more bandwidth than standard voice calling, which might allow the cellphone providers the loophole on the carterphone provision.

  3. FutureRoadie says:

    I have managed to get Skype working on my cellphone, Treo700WX on Sprints EVDO. In my opinion Skype needs to work on their mobile Application to run faster, use less memory or something of the sort, Although truth be told the Program is not built for my phone.

  4. micturatedupon says:



    i have that same phone….

  5. Donny Blum says:

    SO if verizon wouldn’t be so insistent on keeping wifi off their phones(blackberry storm) than this would relieve the stress on their network. just throwing that out there. let me know what you think?