Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[Korea.net News, Science / Tech, February 13 2008] Free internet phone service between Korea, Japan

A free internet phone service will be available between Korea and Japan starting Thursday, a local service provider revealed Wednesday (Feb. 13).

Samsung Networks Co., which provides free internet phone call service “Samsung Wyz070” announced it has joined hands with Japan’s Softbank BB Corp., to provide free internet phone service between the two countries.

The partnership between Samsung Wyz070 and Softbank BB is the first attempt in the world to bring two countries together through free internet telephony.

Samsung Networks is one of the country’s leading information and communication service providers. Samsung Wyz070 is the first commercial Internet telephony service that comes with a variety of easy-to-use add-ons.

Softbank BB, for its part, provides a “BB Communicator” service that allows one to make internet phone calls through softphone, USB phone, phone adapter and other methods. Phone adapter is the most popular in kind Japan for allowing one to use internet phone through an existing phone. Softbank BB, which began its commercial service in April, 2004 has about 5 million subscribers there.

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