The partner programme aims to bring Skype to a wider range of mobile users and will enable carriers to differentiate their offerings.
Skype says it has already had success by partnering with Verizon, KDDI and Hutchison 3 and is rolling out the programme further.
The Mobile Partner Program from Skype is described as a simplified operator programme that utilises a purpose built client/server solution.
“The solution developed specifically for operators, enables use of Skype on a broad range of handsets including smartphones and feature phones. Optimised for efficient bandwidth usage, it keeps users connected with minimal impact on battery life and data usage,” says Skype.
Russ Shaw, VP and GM of Mobile at Skype, explained, “We see a growing demand for differentiated services from mobile operators across the world. 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.”
Yesterday Skype Access, pay-as-you-go internet access via a Skype Credit account, partnered with Tomizone to offer internet access to its consumer and business users in New Zealand.