John C. Tanner
SK Telecom is embracing mobile VoIP as part of an updated mobile broadband strategy that also includes unlimited data plans and an accelerated LTE rollout timetable.
At a press conference in Seoul Wednesday, SKT president and CEO Jung Man-Won said that the cellco’s All-In-One 55/65/80/95 Plans and Number One Plan voice/data packages will include unlimited data and mobile VoIP.
Subscribers who sign up for m-VoIP packages can use any VoIP client (such as Skype) over SKT’s 3G network.
The catch: while Web surfing and downloads will be all-you-can-eat, mobile VoIP usage will be metered and capped.
For example, subscribers to the All-In-One 55 plan will be allocated 200MB for m-VoIP apps, which SKT says works out to around 1,000 minutes. The highest-priced plan allows 700MB for m-VoIP, or 3,500 minutes.
“If we allow subscribers to use unlimited data to use m-VoIP, then network overload may result,” an SKT spokesperson told telecomasia.net. “Therefore, to ensure stable network operation, we decided to allow a certain amount of data for m-VoIP use.”