Skype Selects iSkoot to Deliver Mobile Solution to Mobile OperatorsCAMBRIDGE, MA – November 16, 2006 – Skype, the global Internet communications company, has chosen iSkoot to deliver a solution to mobile operators. 3 is the first mobile operator to launch this new service and will preload the Skype solution on Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets; this Skype-branded solution utilizes iSkoot’s mobile client and network servers.
The 3 Group is a division of Hutchison Whampoa, and together with Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited, is the leading global player in the 3G arena, holding licenses in 11 markets with total population coverage of approximately 175 million.
In just three years, the 3 Group has built an entirely new mobile broadband network, achieving probably the fastest rollout of a radio network in the entire telecom industry. Marketed globally under the 3 brand, the group was the first operator in the world to provide dual-mode 3G services.
To date, commercial 3G services have been launched in Italy, the UK, Australia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel and Ireland. Hutchison announced more than 13.5 million customers in August 2006. For more information about 3, please visit www.three.com.
iSkoot’s client software enables mobile customers to use the Skype service from their handsets anywhere. The iSkoot servers are integrated into the operators’ network so that seamless calling and billing can be offered to their users. Users can make and receive Skype calls from any mobile phone by using the existing cellular voice network. The Skype-enabled phones free Skype users from their PCs and allow them to connect with online contacts from anywhere, at any time.
“Skype on mobile will quickly become a must-have feature. By combining Skype with iSkoot’s mobile solution, users will never be out of touch with their online Skype contacts,” said Jacob Guedalia, CEO of iSkoot. “3 is first out the gate, reaffirming the company’s cutting-edge, pioneer reputation. By utilizing existing network resources iSkoot enables maximal availability with minimal software investment. Now mobile operators can satisfy user demand for Skype and expand average revenue per user –it’s a clear win-win situation. With iSkoot-enabled Skype calls, 3 has a clear differentiator to offer mobile users.”
Features and Benefits: iSkoot’s Skype Solution for mobile operators
- Use mobile handsets for Skype calls, without the need for PCs, special hardware, mobile broadband or WiFi.
- Take your Skype Contact List with you: See who’s online and call them from your mobile phone.
- Let your contacts know if you are available by using Skype status icons such as Online, Away, and Not Available.
- Save money on international calls with SkypeOut
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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