Verizon to allow unlimited Skype calls

Verizon Wireless today said it will allow Skype to operate on its wireless network, expanding the popular Internet phone services reach on cellphones.

Consumers can use Skype on Verizon's phones, including BlackBerrys and Android smartphones.

Skype and Verizon Wireless are the latest sparring partners to find peace. AT&T recently announced it would allow a TV-streaming iPhone app, the SlingPlayer app, to operate on its network.

Verizon and AT&T have angered consumers in the past by not letting popular applications run on their networks because they eat up too much bandwidth and, in Skype's case, compete with the carriers' own services.

Looks like the two biggest carriers are trying to show the FCC that they can play nice with bandwidth-heavy applications without any regulation. The FCC is pushing for rules that would require wireless networks to allow any device or service to run on their networks.

Will these overtures be enough to appease the FCC? Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier this month said AT&T's announcement was a "step in the right direction."