Feeds

Skype hits the charts in China

Punts pop song to promote 'phones

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

VoIP specialist Skype has done a deal with Chinese portal Tom Online.

Tom Online will help localise Skype services and promote the telco. Tom will also release a pop song to promote Skype phones

The deal follows similar agreements in Japan with Livedoor and in Taiwan with Home Online, according to the FT.

Skype claims 14m registered users and an extra 100,000 sign up for services each day. Its first task in China will be to increase users. Tom and Skype began working together last month when they launched a co-branded instant messenger service.

Niklas Zennstrom, chief executive at Skype, said: "The more people using Skype, the more valuable it is...the second step is to provide value-add services.", according to the FT. He said the two companies would also look at extra revenue-generating services like downloadable ringtones. Tom Online is talking to four big Chinese telcos about cooperating with Skype, according to the paper. A friendly telco could make it easier for Skype to charge for its services.

Skype recently did a deal with Siemens to create a wireless VoIP handset. The Gigaset DECT cordless phone gives users access to free, or very cheap, phone calls using VoIP. It works along with an adapter which plugs into a PC's USB port. The firm is also publishing the Application Programme Interface for its software to attract more developers to write applications for its service. ®

Related stories

VoIP heads for the big time
Open-source IP Telephony slashes costs
Skype launches Pocket PC software

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.