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February 15, 2011

SKYPE News - Skype Unveils Low-Bandwidth Mobile Partner Program

By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor

Skype, the software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet, has unveiled a Mobile Partner Program for operators in markets with low 3G broadband penetration.

The program is aimed at bringing the Skype experience to a broad range of mobile users and to enable carriers to differentiate their offerings in a competitive market environment.

In a release, Russ Shaw, vice president and general manager of Mobile at Skype, said, “We see a growing demand for differentiated services from mobile operators across the world. Our mobile operator program will give operators in emerging markets the possibility to tap into the global Skype (News - Alert) community while providing a great user experience on a variety of mobile handsets.”

The new mobile partner program follows the successful operator partnerships that Skype has already launched with Verizon, KDDI (News - Alert) and Hutchison 3.

This program from Skype is said to be a simplified operator program that utilizes a purpose-built client/server solution. The solution, developed specifically for operators, enables the use of Skype on a broad range of handsets including smartphones and feature phones. Optimized for efficient bandwidth usage, it keeps users connected with minimal impact on battery life and data usage.

Company statement revealed that operators taking part in this program will be able to offer their customers a fast, easy Skype experience that runs on a range of OS platforms covering more than 100 different smartphone and feature phone handsets. Customers can now make free calls through Skype and send instant messages to other Skype users.

Moreover, customers can also take advantage of Skype’s low rates to make affordable calls to mobile phones and landlines virtually anywhere in the world.

Earlier in August 2010, TMCnet reported on the launch of Skype Connect 1.0 – formerly known as Skype for SIP. With Skype Connect, businesses now have the ability to make outbound calls from desktop phones to landlines and mobiles throughout the world that are billed according to Skype’s standard per-minute calling rates.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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