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Full range of Skype calls will soon be offered here

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Sept 11,2006
Skype, the world’s largest Internet phone service provider, will officially begin offering full service in Korea as early as next month. The Luxembourg-based firm, which is owned by eBay, offers free phone calls between users anywhere that both have the Skype program installed on their computer. The company also provides a variety of phone services that cost money, such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail and call forwarding. Though Skype is already available in Korea, it has, until now, only had permission to offer outgoing calls, meaning no one in Korea was allowed to receive calls through their own Skype Korean phone number. In February, government authorities temporarily suspended all Skype operations in Korea after catching the firm offering incoming phone calls through Auction, an Internet service provider and eBay firm. The Information Ministry said yesterday, however, it has approved Skype’s new contract with Auction. “Since Skype now meets all the legal conditions, we plan to let the service provider use the number 070 as a receiving number,” said a ministry official who declined to be named. This is the second contract allowing a foreign firm to offer incoming telecommunications services. The first was when local airlines signed a contract with the U.S. aeronautics firm Boeing to install in-flight Internet, which Boeing recently decided to discontinue. by Lee Weon-ho, Wohn Dong-hee


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