It looks like Skype users in Russia can now purchase additional credits for making calls around the world. Apparently Skype has entered into a partnership with mobile billing company Mach to come up with a new mobile payment option in at least three markets, for now. Russia will be the first to support the feature. The U.S. and Canada are expected to follow soon. Using Mach’s direct operator billing service, Skype users will be able to buy Skype credits from their mobile devices through a browser-based transaction that is secure and convenient.
Even better is that users can opt to pay for the purchase together with their monthly bill or instead use the corresponding carrier’s prepaid system. If you’re worried about the price, you’ll be happy to know that the new payment option will reflect the same current prices of Skype credit. Skype says that it is planning to bring the new payment option to more countries this year. Carriers will begin seeing Skype as a friend, and not as a foe, thanks to this new initiative.