TELUS Partners With Skype

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 10, 2011

Last February, the Verizon Skype deal marked the beginning of a new era in the U.S. wireless industry. And now Skype and TELUS want to change the Canadian Skype experience for good. The two companies yesterday announced that they have signed an agreement that will change how smartphone customers use Skype, including the ability to purchase Skype Credit through their Telus accounts, making it more secure and convenient for them to stay connected in Canada and abroad.

Telus also announced the launch of the LG Optimus Black ‘Skype edition’, the first Skype edition smartphone in the Canadian market.

The deal will allow TELUS customers to have Skype Credit charged directly to their wireless bill. Therefore, they do not need to purchase credit directly through Skype. IMO, it’s a major convenience as you don’t risk running out of credit during an important call. TELUS says it wants customers to save on calling costs by offering unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls and instant messaging to users around the globe.

“We believe that by developing a deep relationship with leading global communications brands that our customers already know and enjoy, such as Skype, TELUS can provide a superior customer experience that leverages the best of what those brands have to offer and empowers our customers to choose the services they want and need,” says David Fuller, chief marketing officer at TELUS. “By bringing Canadians their choice of the best communication technologies we offer our customers the freedom to customize their mobile experience with the services they want, when and how they want. And when you experience these services on Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast 4G network, it’s a perfect match.”

Telus will launch the Optimus Black Skype Edition this summer. The phone will have Skype pre-installed and will offer 60 minutes of Skype international calling for free. Other than the Skype add-on, the phone is same as the Android 2.2 Optimus Black that’s been launched across the world – Android 2.2, 4-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera with flash, 2 MP front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, 1 GHz TI processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2 GB of internal storage, and 1500 mAh battery.

Gone are the days when carriers felt threatened by Skype. Verizon top management strongly believed that Skype mobile adds great value because it effectively gives customers with smartphones and data plans the option to extend their unlimited calling community to hundreds of millions of Skype users around the globe. Verizon had as many as nine ‘Skype edition’ smartphones for customers to choose from. Whether Telus adds to its Skype-enabled smartphone portfolio remains to be seen.

Telus and Skype declined to disclose the terms of the agreement.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby: RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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