Verizon issued a statement on Friday announcing a joint news conference with Skype on February 16 at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. John Stratton, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, and Josh Silverman, chief executive officer of Skype, will both speak.
Word of a joint announcement by the two companies might not be enough to conclude that Verizon will give Skype access to “America’s largest 3G network,” but Business Week is reporting that is the case. “Two people familiar with the matter,” confirmed Verizon plans to include 3G Skype software compete with AT&T, according to the magazine.
Skype started working on a 3G iPhone app after the upgraded SDK for the iPad removed restrictions for calling over 3G. If Verizon has been directly working with Skype, it could mean Verizon smartphones (ahem, Moto Droid) could get a jump on the iPhone version, which is still in development. (A Wi-Fi version is available.)