MWC: Skype launches Mobile Partner Program for operators

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As you might have guessed, Mobile World Conference (MWC) might be about cell phones, but it's also going to send some VoIP news our way. Today at MWC, Skype announced that they've made deals with mobile operators to get more users access to Skype VoIP services.

The Mobile Partner Program aims to bring Skype to mobile users in markets with low 3G broadband penetration. The new program uses a purpose built client/server solution for operators to enable Skype use on a broad range of handsets that is optimized for optimal bandwidth usage. The move opens up Skype use on more than 100 different smartphones and feature phones.

"We see a growing demand for differentiated services from mobile operators across the world," said Russ Shaw, VP and GM of Mobile at Skype in a release. "Our mobile operator program will give operators in emerging markets the possibility to tap into the global Skype community while providing a great user experience on a variety of mobile handsets."

The new partner program builds on Skype's successful past partnerships with Verizon (NYSE: VZ), KDDI (Other OTC: KDDIF.PK) and Hutchison 3.

For more:
- read the release

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