A proper Skype experience still remains pretty tough to get in the US, unless you have the good fortune of being on Verizon or you own an iPhone -- but Big Red's seen fit to expand its reach a little further today with the announcement that three more phone models are supported with the official Skype Mobile app. The new devices are the LG Octane, Pantech Crux, and Samsung Zeal, none of which are being announced today for the first time today... and none of which are even remotely close to smartphone territory, so it's nice to see that Verizon seems committed to keeping Skype available across the breadth of its lineup. The updated app is available right now; follow the break for the full press release, or hit up the Source link to grab the goods.

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DIAL UP THE HOLIDAYS: SKYPE MOBILE NOW AVAILABLE ON MORE VERIZON WIRELESS PHONES – INCLUDING PREPAID

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – The holiday season is nearly upon us, and with it comes reminders to slow down and reconnect with friends and family, both near and far. Skype mobile™, now available on more than 20 Verizon Wireless phones, including select prepaid smartphones, makes celebrating the holidays simple especially for customers who are far away from their friends and families.

Skype mobile operates on the most reliable and largest network in the United States and lets customers make unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls to Mexico, Southeast Asia and anywhere else in the world when they purchase a data package. Skype mobile is "always on," so customers can use their phones for other tasks, but their Skype contacts know if they are available to talk or Instant Message (IM). Skype mobile on a wireless phone means customers aren't tied to their computers – making it easy to do things like compare shopping notes when you're at the mall or check out the new stores downtown. Customers can IM friends and family members to make sure the colors, sizes and presents are right for everyone on their holiday gift lists.

Skype mobile is also available on select prepaid smartphones, offering customers who choose those plans a great option for international calling at low Skype rates to help them stay in touch with friends and family whether they are around the corner or around the world.

The easy-to-download app features a user interface that has a drop-down menu with flags for international dialing and "refer a friend" options. In addition to Spanish, Skype mobile is available in Korean and simple Chinese, providing more flexibility and the ability to communicate around the world. Even if customers' families aren't able to be at the holiday table, they can still connect with their loved ones.

The Pantech Crux™, LG Octane™, and Samsung Zeal™ are the most recent phones to be added to the Skype mobile line up. Customers can download the app from Media Center/Get It Now® or the online media store at www.verizonwireless.com/mp3. Customers can also text "SKYPE" to 2255 to get a message with the link to download Skype mobile. For more information on Skype mobile and a full list of compatible devices, visit www.verizonwireless.com/skypemobile. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.