by George Heymann

Verizon to allow shared Family Data Plans by Mid 2012, Verizon “Loyalty” Offer, Skype arrives on Windows Phone.

Smartphone Briefs

By Chris Coleman|@PhoneKnack

Verizon’s CTO Fran Shammo revealed that Verizon Wireless will be offering shared family data plans to Verizon Wireless customers by the middle of this year. The rumor has been circulating for a while, Shammo said that Verizon has been working on this for a year, so that everything will be smooth once the shared family plans are launched.

Unfortunately the rollout of these shared plans will begin with current 4G subscribers, so 3G users, looks like it’s time to upgrade.

Verizon is currently emailing “loyal” customers who are close to an upgrade an offer to take part in a special sale. This sale rewards these loyal customers with the choice of upgrading to a selection of Verizon’s latest devices:  The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Samsung Stratosphere for free.

Customers will have to sign a new two year contract of course to take advantage of this deal. So cross your fingers and keep a close eye on that email inbox of yours.

After a much anticipated wait, Skype has finally been released for Windows Phone. The current version is in beta testing phase but it can be downloaded right now from your Windows Phone or from the Windows Phone Marketplace. Here is a quick video of the Skype experience on a Windows Phone

Skype has mentioned that the gold version (final version) of Skype for Windows Phone will be released sometime in April. Skype has certified the following phones for the best performance of Skype for Windows Phone:

• Nokia Lumia 710
• Nokia Lumia 800
• HTC Titan
• HTC Radar
• Samsung Focus S
• Samsung Focus Flash

Let us know in the comments what you think about Skype finally making its way to Windows Phone.

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