JAKARTA, 26 October 2011 - Telkomsel, the world's 7th largest mobile operator with the vision of being the best and leading Mobile Lifestyle and Solutions Provider in the region, is announcing a partnership with Skype™, a leading provider of Internet communications software. This partnership will bring Skype software beyond computers to a range of mobile handsets starting with a series of Symbian, Android and Blackberry smartphones, so consumers can take their Skype conversations with them on the go.
Under this strategic partnership, the two companies have created a whole new communications experience for Indonesian users, offering them an innovative way to connect with friends and family around the world.
Skype will enhance Telkomsel's data packages consumers by offering a new way to call around the globe, while also giving hundreds of millions of Skype users around the world the opportunity to communicate with friends, family and business colleagues in Indonesia using Telkomsel's high quality, large network coverage.
"We are proud to bring the benefits of Skype to Telkomsel's consumers. This partnership is a breakthrough in giving 105 million Telkomsel's customers unlimited, global communication options, while expanding their calling community to hundreds million of Skype users around the globe. This also confirms Telkomsel as a pioneer and as the best leading provider of mobile data services in Indonesia," said Herfini Haryono, Director of Planning and Development, Telkomsel.
At launch, Skype will be made available initially on a range of 24 Telkomsel smartphones including Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia and LG handsets, with plans to extend support to a broader base of phones (including J2ME-enabled ones) in future.
In addition to owning a supported smartphone, consumers will need a special Telkomsel data package, available from as low as Rp 25.000 per month. Kartu Halo, simPATI and Kartu AS users can enjoy the following Skype features on supported smartphones:
- Enjoy unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls globally without having additional charges against your credit balance
- Send and receive free instant messages to your friends, 1 to 1 or with a group
- Call international landlines and mobiles at great value calling rates from Skype
- Participate in conference calls
- Have Skype "always on" and see your friends' online status at any time.
From today, new and existing Telkomsel consumers can enjoy a 2-week free trial of Telkomsel's special data package to access Skype. This offer is valid until 31 January 2012. Consumers can get details with regards to service information and mobile phone compatibility as well as activation process by pressing *363# on their mobile phone.
"Skype is pleased to partner with Telkomsel to deliver an innovative communications experience for Indonesian consumers," said Dan Neary, Skype's Vice President and General Manager, International. "With more and more Indonesians accessing the Internet via their mobile phones, people want to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go. Telkomsel will now give Indonesian consumers a great Skype experience on mobile phones and will truly change the way people call their friends and family internationally."
Customers interested in learning more about Skype™ on Telkomsel devices can visit m.skype.com.
About Telkomsel (www.telkomsel.com)
Telkomsel has 44,000 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), which makes them the largest network coverage in Indonesia, reaching over 97% of Indonesia's population. As the world's 7th largest cellular operator by number of subscribers, Telkomsel is the market leader in Indonesia's telecommunication industry and serves more than 103 million subscribers. As a pioneer in the development of Indonesia's mobile telecommunications industry to enter the latest era of mobile broadband services, Telkomsel provides cellular services through GSM Dual Band (900 & 1800), GPRS, Wi-Fi, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA and HSPA+ networks throughout Indonesia. Telkomsel now provides broadband network in 40 major cities in Indonesia.
Skype is a communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever they're apart.
Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg, Skype is a division of Microsoft Corp. (:MSFT, news). Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at www.skype.com.
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