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    What Stephen Elop Really Said About Skype And Carrier Relations | WMPoweruser

    "Stephen Elop: So, thank you for your question about Skype. Indeed, Microsoft did buy the Skype company as part of the ecosystem that comes with Windows Phone and Windows and so forth, so that’s quite correct. The feedback from operators is they don’t like Skype, of course, because for those operators who have a traditional wire-line business, traditional telephone business, it could take away from revenues.

    And, so what MSFT has done – and we’ve been part of these conversations as well with operators – is as you correctly say, if operator doesn’t want Skype installed on a Windows Phone from Nokia or any other company, then the operator can make that decision.

    Now, you’re right: it can be circumvented. But of course it’s on all Android devices, it’s on iPhone devices, it’s on iPad, it’s on all of those devices. So in fact what we’re doing with the operators is turning it around into an advantage. Instead of them just complaining about Skype on Android or Skype on iPhone, with Microsoft and Nokia, we can have a conversation that says “ok there, is this Skype thing, is there a different type of partnership we can do that recognizes that voice over IP like Skype is coming no matter what, but maybe we can do something creative that generates incremental revenue for you.” Some operators are looking at bundling Lumia, Skype and their own services with higher-bandwidth allotments to actually charge the consumer more and generate more revenue for them. So by actually controlling the Skype asset, we can begin a conversation about how we can have a better Skype-based relationship, which was impossible for operators to do before. So it’s actually quite a bit more advanced than whether operators like or don’t like Skype; they actually want to engage in a conversation about what does this mean and how could we do something that we couldn’t do before. Thank you."




    It's inevitable. Skype is poised to replace standard carrier voice and text. We all know MS will make money off of this. But how will the carriers make money? This will also be beneficial to carriers, because this will also solve Voice Over LTE issue. Voice, text, data all under LTE (or whatever the current tech wil be). No more dropping down to 4G/3G when making a call.
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    I've read somewhere, possibly the Verge, that Verizon is testing voice over LTE in some cities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottcraft View Post
    I've read somewhere, possibly the Verge, that Verizon is testing voice over LTE in some cities.
    Yes its true, and i think they started testing last year. Just saying this could be an alternative/cheaper solution.
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    All about revenue. The data prices will go nowhere but up. Voice minutes will be an afterthought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aubreyq View Post
    All about revenue. The data prices will go nowhere but up. Voice minutes will be an afterthought.
    I think it's headed that way too, while staying a little skeptical. Standard voice and text are pretty much pure revenue for carriers. And data is expensive to maintain/update, congested and hard to come by, since government tightly controls the sale of spectrum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaap View Post
    ...And data is expensive to maintain/update, congested and hard to come by, since government tightly controls the sale of spectrum.
    Which gives carriers the justification to keep raising data plan prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aubreyq View Post
    Which gives carriers the justification to keep raising data plan prices.
    Very true.

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