I am a long time Verizon Wireless customer, in part because of the great service and in part because my family is all on Verizon. I was long frustrated by the stupid self-protecting, user-aggravating tactics like disabling Blackberry Maps & Navigation and forcing me to use VZNavigator. This all changed, or so I thought, when Verizon Wireless released their line of Android phones. I picked up the Motorola Droid the day it came out and have been thoroughly satisfied with it. I was thrilled that they allowed the Google Voice integration and the free use of Google Maps. I thought they had turned a corner. Today, however, they frustrated me.
I am headed to England again next week and I’m going to be stuck with a rental world phone AGAIN. It will cost me $140 (well my company). All because Verizon won’t allow Skype to be used while WiFi is running. If I was able to use Skype over WiFi, I could make all my calls from the hotel or starbucks while I’m in London for free. If you’re a Verizon person reading this, don’t bother with the BS about making Skype better by using the phone lines and then not being able to use the WiFi while the phone is running. Yes, that’s true and Yes I do like the fact that Skype calls use the phone line (making my skype conversations clearer). BUT, there’s no reason you shouldn’t make it a choice. It should prompt me, “would you like to complete the call using WiFi Data Connection or a Phone Connection?” Stop hiding behind technicalities and give me the features I deserve.