The release of the Verizon Galaxy Tab is not too far away, and many consumers are ready to get their tablet fix. Hopefully, those of you planning on purchasing the Tab through Verizon weren't banking on it having 3G Skype calling, because that definitely isn't the case. The European version of the Galaxy Tab has 3G calling capabilites, but the US versions lack that feature. Here's what PC Mag said about the US Galaxy Tab and 3G Skype calling after talking with Skype:
Verizon’s deal with Skype puts a special version of Skype on Verizon’s Android phones that makes calls through a 3G voice gateway. Apparently, that isn’t going to work on the Verizon Galaxy Tab.
Rather, Verizon’s Tab—like all of them—will be able to use the “direct-to-consumer” version of Skype Mobile, which only works on Wi-Fi networks in the US.
However, if you use the Tab in conjunction with a Mi-Fi card, you can make 3G calls via Skype. The Mi-Fi projects the 3G signal and is recognized as Wi-Fi by the device. The iPad is being sold in a bundle with the Mi-Fi, but seeing that the Galaxy Tab will be offered in 3G on Verizon Wireless, you won't see that. The only way to do that would be buying a Wi-Fi only Tab and purchasing a Mi-Fi separate. According to PC Mag, other VoIP applications like Qik and Fring should work over Wi-Fi and 3G, so there is still hope in some areas. Skype also added that the Wi-Fi Skype Mobile would be available for the Galaxy Tab "soon."
Personally, I don't see the need to call with a tablet. That's what your phone is for, right? The only calling I might do with a tablet is video calling, and that would be rare. How important is 3G Skype calling to you guys and gals?
Source PC Mag