ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Western Union (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, and
Microsoft-owned Skype, provider of internet software that enables users
to communicate via messaging, video or voice calls, today announced an
agreement which allows Skype customers to top up their accounts at more
than 50,000 Western Union® Agent locations across the United
This strategic alliance advances Western Union’s market leadership in
enabling digital-age participation by using a walk-in payment solution
for consumers. It also paves the way for value-add offerings for
companies with digital-rich content or online merchandisers seeking to
attract new customers.
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 travelling.
Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union,
said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and
Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart.
“Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and
digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving
our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a
classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a
walk-in payment option,” he said.
Our business is moving money for our customers whether they are banked,
under-banked or un-banked. This includes consumer to consumer
remittances, consumers to business payments, cross border payments for
SMEs and disbursements for NGOs, Financial Institutions and Educational
“Our ability to link cash and digital and vice versa creates boundless
opportunity for consumers and businesses, including billers within the
“Today, we are improving choices, with the goal of allowing people to
send money any time, any way and (almost) anywhere on earth, through an
array of pay-in options such as cash, bank account, debit, credit,
prepaid, mobile wallet and now Apple Pay in the U.S.,” he said.
Skype has over 300 million active users and many of those users are also
Western Union customers. “Through Skype, Western Union customers can
stay in touch with loved ones to let them know about money transfers and
share everyday experiences,” said Enrico Noseda, Director of Business
Development at Microsoft. “Communicating through Skype helps keep
families together, no matter their location.”
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
The Western Union® Quick Collect® platform
facilitates consumer-to-business payments. Skype customers can simply
top up their own Skype account, or that of a loved one.
The Western Union Quick Collect service is enabled in the
U.S. through an Agent network of more than 50,000 locations which
include banks, national retail and grocery chains and independent
About Western Union
Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services.
Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union
Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides
consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send
and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase
money orders. As of December 31, 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. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
1 Based on calls to Mexico. Rates may vary based on calling
destination and number of calls made; a connection fee per call applies.
See skype.com for rates. Skype calls are charged in one-minute
increments; any partial minute over 5 seconds is rounded up to the next
full minute. Call prices are subject to change. Broadband and Skype
account required. Internet & mobile fees may apply. Skype’s <Terms
of Use> apply. Terms can change without notice at any time. No cash
redemption except as required by law. The value of Skype Credit is in
USD, which will be converted to your Skype Account’s designated currency
at redemption. No emergency calls can be made using Skype. Skype is not
a telephone replacement service. Void where prohibited or restricted by
Source: Western Union