mBlox, the world's largest mobile transaction network, today announced that it has been selected by Skype to help power its new Skype SMS service. By connecting to mBlox's mobile message delivery platform, Skype SMS lets people send text messages from their computer to mobile phones across the world. Skype has rolled out the offering to nearly 200 countries worldwide.
Skype will provide a quick and cheap way to contact Skype users when they are offline, unavailable or on the move.
"Skype users can now send SMS text messages to mobile phones straight from the computer, without the aching thumbs," said Michael Jackson, Director, Paid Products, Skype. "Skype SMS provides a cheap and easy way to reach friends, family and colleagues when they are offline or on the move."
For sure this will be in future, but I would be really happy to see this functionality in Skype, especially in the Windows Mobile version. For all Germans out there this could save you a lot of money, if this function is reaching Germany (In Germany an SMS cost up to 22 Euro Cent).
"mBlox's network reaches out to our customers worldwide and their DirectPlus MT SMS product set ticked all the boxes for us," Jackson added. "Load tests and measurements showed that it could meet the demanding needs of our users. Being able to measure message-delivery successes and failures is also essential and mBlox's service gives us visibility into the status of our mobile transaction. At this point online Skype users can send SMS messages to mobile, but we are looking to extend this feature."
Within the last two and a half years the Skype Community is grown up to over 100 million registered users, so in my opinion Skype is the number one for conversations over the internet.
So long | Daniel Simnacher