Claudia Poepperl
Phone: +44 795 102 71 55
E-Mail: cpoepperl@qpass.com
Thu, 29.09.2005
pts20050929023 Computer/Telecommunications, Science/Technology
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Skype introduces Personalise Skype Powered by Qpass
Skype will deploy Qpass` flexible Content Delivery Platform

Luxembourg and Seattle (pts023/29.09.2005/11:24) - Skype, the pioneering Global Internet Communications Company, which makes it possible for anyone with an Internet connection to make free high-quality phone calls to anyone worldwide, today launched Personalise Skype, letting Skype's 55 million callers show off their individuality with sounds, ringtones and pictures.

Qpass, whose software provides the fastest path to profit in digital media commerce, will fully manage the Personalise Skype storefront, including content sourcing and management.

Available now at http://personal.skype.com, the Personalise Skype service allows Skype users with the latest version of Skype for Windows 1.4 to download pre-recorded voice clips and sounds to use as a ringtone or to customize any of the default sound events in Skype . There is also a wide variety of pictures and avatars. Today's launch continues Skype's expansion of its premium services following its recent announcement of Skype's Voice Services Program which will offer callers free and chargeable content over Skype. Personalise Skype will join Skype's other premium service offerings which boasts more than 2 million customers.

"Skype is committed to providing a simple, reliable and friendly communication tool. The launch of Personalise Skype now gives our users the opportunity to express themselves by customizing their experience while using Skype," said James Bilefield, Vice President of Business Development, of Skype. "Qpass was highly responsive and able to rapidly integrate its software with our platform in a matter of weeks, allowing us to quickly bring these premium services to market."

The Qpass platform manages hundreds of thousands of content applications and services across mobile, VoIP, and WiFi networks. Qpass provides software solutions that enable communications providers to efficiently market and deliver digital goods, from managing the subscribers' purchasing experience through delivery, billing and after-sale customer care.

"Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to express their personality and we're proud to work alongside a pioneering innovator such as Skype," said Chase Franklin, CEO of Qpass. "This partnership allows Qpass to extend its offering to a massive global market and facilitate a greater depth of involvement for Skype users worldwide."

About Qpass
Qpass is the fastest path to profit in digital media commerce. Ringtones, mobile games and wallpaper images are only the forefront of a growing wave of digital media products and services for consumers, expanding in tandem with new services for the mobile enterprise. Qpass software and services are the critical infrastructure required to operate premium services businesses profitably, with the agility required to fully capture new opportunities, and with the sound business controls and processes required to scale operations efficiently. As the most broadly deployed foundation for mobile and fixed-network commerce, Qpass serves 150 million mobile subscribers and more than 60 million web portal, WiFi and VOIP users worldwide. Qpass processes tens of millions of premium services transactions per month and has processed more than 300 million transactions since inception, representing over $720 million in gross retail consumer sales. Qpass customers include Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile International, Vodafone, Sprint, ALLTEL, US Cellular, One and Skype. Qpass is privately held and has headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and Vienna, Austria. For more information, visit www.qpass.com.

About Skype Technologies SA
Skype, the Global Internet Communications CompanyTM, allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype is available in 27 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 170 million times in 225 countries and territories. 55 million people are registered to use Skype's free services, with more than 3 million people using Skype simultaneously at any one time. Skype earns revenue through its premium service offerings, and has a growing network of global affiliates, and a community of developers working with the Skype APIs. Skype Technologies SA is headquartered in Luxembourg and has
offices in London and Estonia. www.skype.com

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Claudia Poepperl
Phone: +44 795 102 71 55
Email: cpoepperl@qpass.com

Submitter: Qpass
Contact: Claudia Poepperl
Phone: +44 795 102 71 55
E-Mail: cpoepperl@qpass.com