Few days ago there were reports that Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype led to some telecom operators declining to carry Windows Phone devices onÂ their network. The reports were based on the recent AGM meeting attended by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop. Thankfully, MyNokiablog posted the original transcriptÂ of Stephen Elop’s reply to question on Skype and Windows Phone. Read it below,
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 thatâ€™s quite correct. The feedback from operators is they donâ€™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 â€“ and weâ€™ve been part of these conversations as well with operators â€“ is as you correctly say, if operator doesnâ€™t want Skype installed on a Windows Phone from Nokia or any other company, then the operator can make that decision.
Now, youâ€™re right: it can be circumvented. But of course itâ€™s on all Android devices, itâ€™s on iPhone devices, itâ€™s on iPad, itâ€™s on all of those devices. So in fact what weâ€™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 â€œok 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.â€ 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 itâ€™s actually quite a bit more advanced than whether operators like or donâ€™t like Skype; they actually want to engage in a conversation about what does this mean and how could we do something that we couldnâ€™t do before. Thank you.
So, Skype should be advantageous to Windows Phone platform in one way or the other as opposed to some critics/reports.