Skype and iSkoot Sign Co-Marketing Agreement for the iSkoot Mobile Solution
iSkoot’s mobile solution to benefit handset manufacturers, carriers and Skype ends users
CAMBRIDGE, MA – August 8, 2006 – iSkoot, the service provider for mobile Internet communications solutions , today announced the signing of a Co-Marketing Agreement with Skype, the global Internet communications company, for iSkoot’s solution for mobile-PC calling. The iSkoot solution will allow mass market Java-phones as well as high-end smartphones to place and receive Internet calls through Skype software from their handsets, without the need for PCs, special hardware, or WiFi hot spots.
As part of the agreement, Skype will certify iSkoot’s mobile solution for making and receiving Skype calls on mobile phones. Once certified the product will be available for download from the Skype web site.
“We are looking forward to working closely with Skype to deliver true mobility, free of PCs, special hardware, or WiFi hot spots. We are extremely pleased to be Skype’s partner for delivering a solution that will allow people to use Skype anywhere,” said Jacob Guedalia, Chief Executive Officer, iSkoot. “This agreement benefits everyone, from handset manufacturers and carriers to the tens of millions of Skype users worldwide. By connecting cell and smart phones to Skype, iSkoot software allows handset vendors and mobile operators to gain new PC calling minutes and increase ARPU. Meanwhile, Skype users will enjoy the benefits of Skype on their cell phone. In addition to text messaging, they will be able to place and receive Skype calls from their mobile phones to and from their online contacts.”
iSkoot will help free Skype users from their PCs and allow them to connect with online contacts from anywhere, from supported mobile phones, at any time. In addition, iSkoot will enable Skype users to use SkypeOut for inexpensive calls to any phone from their mobile handset. With the iSkoot software, users will be able to take Skype with them wherever they go.
San Francisco-based iSkoot brings leading internet services like Skype to mobile handsets around the world, delivering rich consumer experiences with minimal impact on operator networks.
iSkoot launched the first and only carrier-grade, carrier-deployed Skype-for-Mobile application in 2006, and now powers the Mobile World Congress award-winning 3 Skypephone currently sold in eight countries on three continents.
iSkoot takes advantage of the voice-optimized circuit-switched network for delivery of voice communications, in keeping with its mission to engineer elegant and operator-friendly solutions to the challenge of bringing resource-intensive internet services to mobile handsets.
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