Smart teams up with Skype, offers free trial of Skype Qik for iOS and Android for 3 Months

 

iOS and Android users on Smart can try the Skype Qik video messaging app for free for three months.

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the country’s undisputed leader in mobile, announced an exclusive partnership with video messaging service Skype, to provide its subscribers the coolest new way to communicate with their friends on their mobile phones through the Skype Qik app.

Skype Qik is the new mobile messenger app from Skype which allows users to quickly capture memorable moments in video as they happen, and immediately share them with friends through one-touch recording and instant sharing.

For three months from launch, all Smart subscribers in the Philippines can use the Skype Qik Android or iOS apps to send fun engaging video messages to their friends without incurring additional data charges on their prepaid and postpaid accounts.

“The behavior of our users is evolving, and Smart is prepared to usher them into the digital world with this latest exclusive partnership with Skype, ” said Charles A. Lim, EVP and Wireless Consumer Division Head at Smart.

“From simple SMS messaging to mobile chat apps, the way Filipinos communicate has evolved over the years. Video has become part of the vocabulary of mobile phone users, so video messaging is just the next logical step in this evolution. Smart, in partnership with Skype Qik, paves the way toward a new way of communicating through video messaging, ” Lim added.

Smart, Skype Qik

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“We see a growing demand for differentiated services from mobile operators across the world. Our partnership with Smart will give users in the Philippines the possibility to tap into the global Skype Qik community and experience a new way to capture and share moments on a variety of mobile platforms”, said Judd Harcourt, the Head of Global Market Development at Skype.

Qik it or it didn’t happen

Using Skype Qik, Smart subscribers will be able to instantly capture memorable moments and share them seamlessly with friends – whether it’s the group’s funny and hilarious antics from a Friday night out, or a touching moment that deserves to be captured and shared with others.

Skype Qik’s easy and user-friendly interface allows for easy capture of video and instant sharing with friends through user-centered groups. Through “Qik Fliks”, users can pre-recorded up to 12 short videos for when they want to respond fast to a video message – like a personal video equivalent of an emotional icon.

Videos shared through Skype Qik will be stored in separate thread for each individual or group, and each video sent can be removed from one device and deleted across the devices of the group’s members. Once a message is two weeks old and everyone has forgotten about it, it automatically disappears.

Expanding your digital world

Smart latest partnership with Skype for the Skype Qik video messenger app is just the latest in its efforts to provide only the best digital experiences to its users, as part of its ‘Internet for All’ initiative.

“As the undisputed leader in mobile, Smart is committed to providing only the best digital experiences to our subscribers with out unique mobile data offerings,” Lim added. The new Skype Qik offer from Smart can be accessed on all data-enabled devices across all network platforms – from 2G to 3G to 4G speeds in the country.

This offer follows the mobile leader’s efforts to level up the development of its broadband network to meet the growing demand for data services, Smart continues to have the largest and most advanced network in the country today, with strategic cellular and broadband base stations supported by more than 90,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables around the country.

Smart, Skype Qik

To get started, users have to download the Skype Qik from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For more information on Smart’s Skype Quick offers, visit http://smart.com.ph/pages/skypeqik.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife’s cooking so much he’s now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman – his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, “Notwithstanding Pigs,” initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.