Japanese cellphone operator KDDI Corp and internet telephone company Skype said on Sunday they would partner to bring Skype's services to KDDI's customers, starting with its mobile offerings.
KDDI is Japan's second largest cellphone operator. The companies said Skype would initially be available on some cellphones running Google Inc's mobile Android platform starting in November, with plans to broaden the service in 2011.
They said users of the service would be able to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls without being charged against their monthly minute allowance or data plan.
In the United States, Skype has a pact with Verizon Wireless to offer its internet phone service on Verizon mobile phones.
Verizon is a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc.
Skype, which was founded in 2003, filed for a $100 million IPO on August 9, but it is likely the company will raise more. A group of investors bought Skype from eBay Inc in November 2009 for $1.9 billion in cash and a $125 million note.
Source : Reuters