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Japanese carrier KDDI announced a partnership with Skype

The list of operators who, instead of blocking Skype or trying to transplant their subscribers to some of their applications, actively cooperate with Skype, added another name.
Japanese telecom operator KDDI announced yesterday a strategic partnership with Skype and plans to integrate Skype software into its services. The first project will be the release of a special version of the application for its mobile network operating under the trade mark au.

Au subscribers will be able to make Skype calls without spending a quota within their tariff plan (data transfer in this case will be charged only when a connection is established, but not during a call), exchange text messages, and call abroad at Skype rates.

A Skype application designed for au phones will work in
'always on' (permanently enabled in the background), so that its users will be able to see the status of their friends and will be able to receive calls and receive text messages via Skype at any time if they are within network coverage.
The first devices in the au network, on which Skype will appear, will be the IS01 and IS03 phones in November, and next year we plan to expand the availability of Skype on various phones running Android and BREW.


Let me remind you that at the moment, according to a similar scheme, Skype is already cooperating with operator 3 in the UK and Verizon Wireless in the USA. In Britain, you can either purchase a Skypephone device 3 with a built-in application, or install a special version of Skype on a regular phone. In the US, Verizon offers a special version of Skype - Skype mobile for several devices on Android and Blackberry (NB: this application has nothing to do with the recently released Skype for Android running on any network).

The most interesting thing is that the experience of the operator 3, who has been working with Skype for several years (and constantly expanding the format of this cooperation - from one device to the almost unlimited use of Skype), says that, contrary to the generally accepted opinion, Skype does not "cannibalize" * the revenues operator: in practice, people use Skype to make calls that simply would not exist without Skype. As a result, Skype users on average bring even more income to the operator than other subscribers, while having greater freedom of communication.

* not to mention the fact that, in principle, you can “cannibalize” only your own income.

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/106412/

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