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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1292 - June 01, 2006 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 4

eBay's Skype Calls on Dell to Distribute Its VoIP Software

By Ina Steiner
June 01, 2006

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eBay-owned Skype announced an agreement with Dell to ship Skype software with new Dell XPS mobile systems, the XPS M1210 and XPS M2010. The agreement will allow Dell to provide its customers with easy access to Skype's voice and video Internet calling software.

Dell will pre-load Skype on the XPS 2010, a unique mobile entertainment system. Dell's XPS 1210 can be configured with Skype as part of an optional audio-video communications package that also includes an integrated rotating webcam, noise-isolation earbuds and mobile broadband capability.

With Skype, acquired by eBay last year, customers can talk with other Skype customers across the world at no charge. A PR spokesperson for Skype said the deal is "designed to get Skype in the hands of more people and open them up to Skype's premium services."


About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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