Skype signs first 3G carrier deal

Peer-to-peer VoIP provider Skype inked a deal with German wireless carrier E-Plus that will bundle Skype's VoIP software with its 3G wide area data card service. Under the terms of the deal, Skype will serve as E-Plus' exclusive VoIP partner. Skype claims 2.8 million users in Germany and will soon be able to market to E-Plus' subscriber base of 9.8 million. The bundled VoIP, 3G data offering will be available in October for €39.95 per month. No financial details of the deal were released.

Skype is reportedly working with a number of major handset makers, including Motorola, to develop a broad range of Skype-ready devices. The company's newest VoIP software has a call forwarding function that lets users forward incoming Skype-to-Skype and Skype-in calls to another Skype Name or to any landline or mobile phone number.

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