Skype announced a landmark partnership with E-Plus, Germany's third largest mobile phone network, which marks an important step in Skype's global mobile strategy to move beyond the desktop.
From October, Skype software will be bundled with E-Plus' flat-rate data subscription, allowing people to gain both a high bandwidth Internet connection and free, high-quality Skype calling over E-Plus' mobile network. The E-Plus network has 9.8 million subscribers.
"E-Plus is the first mobile operator to partner with Skype. Now anyone with an E-Plus data flat-rate subscription will be able to enjoy the benefits of Skype's personal communications service when they are on the move in Germany," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and Co-founder.
The flat-rate data subscription is available throughout Germany for 39.95 euro per month. Skype will be the only company offering calls over the Internet on the E-Plus mobile network.
Mobile users of the Skype/E-Plus bundle will benefit from:
* fixed-rate mobile Internet access and free Skype calling
* ability to control call costs using the E-Plus flat-rate data subscription
* freedom to call from home, office or on the road
Skype is working with a number of leading mobile handset and headset manufacturers, including Motorola, to offer Skype callers an extensive range of Skype-ready devices.