Tuesday, March 08, 2005

More hype from Skype?

'Internet telephony’s enfant terrible Skype Technologies said yesterday that it had signed its first co-branding agreement with a fixed-line telecommunications company, Hong Kong’s Hutchinson Global Communications (HGC).

Given that Skype’s software is already easily available from its own web site, is the new agreement more than just hype? Perhaps. Deals with fixed-line service providers like HGC could position the company for possible windfalls in pricing agreements, said analysts, allowing Skype to offer its 735,000-plus SkypeOut users even cheaper rates than particular networks. While calls within the Skype network are free for registered users, the company makes most of its revenues from SkypeOut, the premium pre-paid service that allows users to call conventional phones for as little as $0.02 per minute.'

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