By February 28, 2009

Nokia upsets networks with Skype plans

image A alleged rift has emerged between Nokia and operators over its plans to incorporate Skype onto its Nseries handsets. O2 and Orange responded furiously to Nokia’s declaration that it will equip its upcoming flagship Nseries device, the N97, with Skype.
If the row is not resolved the two operators may refuse to stock the N97 – or any future Nseries handsets containing Skype – unless Nokia strips out the Skype client. The two operators are understood to have vented their anger in high-level discussions, which involved group level executives from Nokia.
The row centres around  ownership of the customer, as well as potential lost revenue from calls from Skype’s internet call service.

A spokeswoman for O2 said: ‘We are currently working with Nokia to understand their Skype service and the business model around it. We continually evaluate new applications and mobile services for our customer base.’
Vodafone and Orange declined to comment.

via Mobiletoday

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