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Skype launches direct carrier billing in Russia

Skype is teaming with Mach, a company that specializes in direct operator billing, to deliver the service in Russia, giving carriers a cut of the revenue Skype generates. The decision is a step toward reversing the trend that has prevailed during the past several years as Skype and other VoIP and OTT messaging providers have cut into carriers' traditional calling and messaging revenue.

With the new payment option, Skype users can purchase Skype Credit from their mobile devices through a browser-based transaction that the company said is secure, seamless and convenient. They can then pay either as part of their monthly phone bill or using their mobile carrier’s prepaid account balance. The service is now available in Russia, and the company said it will bring it to the US.

FierceWireless: Skype launches direct carrier billing in Russia, soon will bring it to U.S.; TelecomTV content partner.

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