Skype signs up with first 3G mobile partner

by admin September 3, 2005 at 2:47 pm

As analysts predict operators will be hit hard by VoIP provider

Skype has announced it has signed a deal with its first mobile operator.

The net telephony firm has agreed a partnership with the third largest German mobile operator, E-Plus, which will offer its customers free use of Skype’s voice over IP (VoIP) service as part of its flat-rate data subscription package for 3G data card users.

Under the terms of the deal, Skype will continue as E-Plus’ exclusive VoIP supplier. Skype has already notched up 2.8 million users in Germany and will now gain access to a proportion of E-Plus’ 9.8 million customers.

No details are available yet on how many E-Plus customers are using Skype, as the ?¢‚Äö¬¨39.95 tariff was launched yesterday.

Amrish Kacker, senior consultant at research firm Analysys, said the move into the mobile market is not as significant for Skype as it may first appear.

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