Japanese telecom operator KDDI announces partnership with Skype

    The list of operators who, instead of blocking Skype or trying to transfer their subscribers to some application, actively cooperate with Skype, has been replenished with another name.
    The 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 brand name au.

    Au subscribers will be able to make Skype calls without spending a quota as part of 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 make calls abroad using Skype tariffs.

    The Skype app, designed for au phones, will run in
    'always on' mode (always on in the background) so that its users can 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 in range of the network.

    The first devices in the au network that Skype will appear on will be the IS01 and IS03 phones in November, and next year it is planned 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 purchase a Skypephone 3 devicewith a built-in application, and 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, which works on any network).

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

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

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