Skype, the Global Internet Communications Company, today announced a landmark partnership with E-Plus, Germany's third largest mobile phone network, which marks an important step in Skype's global mobile strategy to move beyond the desktop.
From October, Skype software will be bundled with E-Plus' flat-rate data subscription, allowing people to gain both a high bandwidth Internet connection and free, high-quality Skype calling over E-Plus' mobile network. The E-Plus network has 9.8 million subscribers.
E-Plus is the first mobile operator to partner with Skype, taking the first step to deliver Skype's vision of making Skype available over any network, including 3G. Now anyone with an E-Plus data flat-rate subscription will be able to enjoy the benefits of Skype's personal communications service when they are on the move in Germany, said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and Co-founder. We look forward to working with other innovative mobile operators around the world to bring the value and convenience of the Skype global Internet communications experience to their millions of mobile phone subscribers.
The flat-rate data subscription is available throughout Germany for 39.95 Euro per month. Skype will be the only company offering calls over the Internet on the E-Plus mobile network.
Mobile users of the Skype/E-Plus bundle will benefit from:
- Fixed-rate mobile Internet access and free Skype calling
- Ability to control call costs using the E-Plus flat-rate data subscription
- Freedom to call from home, office or on the road
The use of Skype is growing strongly. Through our co-operation we are combining the advantages of mobile and stationary Internet access, said Uwe Bergheim, Chief Executive Officer of E-Plus.
Now, E-Plus needs to launch the HTC Universal and you are ready to go. Well done E-Plus!
Cheers ~ Arne