Skype must be wanting to cash in on the fact that America is hooked on cellphones. Yesterday, they sent a letter to the FCC asking for cellular carriers to allow customers to run any communication application they so choose. In a nutshell, Skype basically wants companies like T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint to allow customers to install a cellular version of Skype for making inexpensive or free calls from a cellphone.
It can yell all it wants, but no way is Skype going to get anywhere with this. I’m pretty sure Verizon would fight it into the ground. How else is a telecom company going to profit? If Skype did win, wireless carriers would be forced to jack up the price of handsets to help balance out losses. Some may like the idea of cheaper calling with Skype, but I like being able to purchase new cellphones at reasonable prices.
Skype asks FCC to open up cellular networks [Ars Technica]