Microsoft-owned Skype users will now have to option to top up their accounts at more than 50,000 Western Union Agent U.S. locations. Western Union’s new Skype Credit is aiming for the banked, under-banked or un-banked.
Under the agreement, consumers can now use Western Union services to purchase Skype Credit, which enables calls to mobile and landlines worldwide. Calling rates start as low as 1 cent per minute1. Skype Credit also offers the ability to send text messages directly from Skype to mobile phones, which is ideal for consumers wishing to stay in touch while traveling.
Skype has over 300 million active users worldwide.
Skype customers can connect to family and friends from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Skype lets people communicate and share files with anyone else on Skype through IM chat, voice, video or even group video calls. While Skype-to-Skype calls are free, Skype Credit is required to call landline or mobile numbers, which is charged via a debit-based user account system.
At EOY 2014 the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments.
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