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Smart brings Skype Qik to subscribers


Instant messaging is fine, but sometimes, there’s so much more to say than you can put into words on a screen. Microsoft’s Skype, a global leader in video communication, and Smart, have come together to give us Qik. Qik is a unique video messaging application 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.

To make the service more enticing, all Smart subscribers in the Philippines can use the Skype Qik Android and iOS apps for free over the next three months, without additional data charges to their prepaid or postpaid accounts.

“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.

“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 Harcombe, the Head of Global Market Development at Skype.

Skype Qik allows users to instantly capture videos and share them with friends, so they can always be a part of the action, as long as they’re online. You’ll never have to miss another awesome Friday night story, or have to explain that bizarre thing that happened that one time you were driving home. The app has an easy-to-use, intuitive interface that allows quick sharing with friends, as well as pre-defined video replies called “Qik Flicks—“ think instant messenger stickers, but in video form.

Videos shared through Skype Qik will be stored in separate threads 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.


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