John C. Tanner
15 Jul 2010
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.”