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SK Telecom Launches Sky Buddy Mobile Social Networking Service for Users in Korea and Japan

  • Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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  • Author: pradhana
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  • Filed under: Social Networking

By Jason Ankeny

SK Telecom announced today that it has launched Sky Buddy, the first mobile networking service that enables users of SK Telecom and three leading Japanese Telecom carriers - NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank - to share user generated content and diverse information as well as interactive communication.

With Sky Buddy's real-time auto-translation feature, mobile users in Korea and Japan could now freely socialize and make friends without language and geographical barriers.

Su Hyuk Lee, Director of Culture & Life Business Office, SK Telecom said: "Sky Buddy successfully combines the advantage of mobile technology and auto translation solution, thus connecting users in different countries anytime anywhere without language barriers. We plan to further expand the service to access the entire Asian market including China."

On top of the content uploaded by users in Korea and Japan, Sky Buddy also provides local language information services from Weathernews, including "Sky News", which are weather and video news clips presented by Weather Jockeys; as well as a "Korea-Japan Info Zone", which introduces more than 1,000 top restaurants and tourist destinations in both countries.
In line with the launch of the Sky Buddy service, SK Telecom is offering Korean users two monthly flat rate plans, ‘Sky Buddy Plan' and ‘Sky Buddy T Map Plan' to lower data communication tariffs.

Sky Buddy Plan offers unlimited access to all Sky Buddy services at a flat rate of KRW 3,000 a month without charging extra data usage tariff. Sky Buddy T Map Plan allows customers to use both Sky Buddy and T Map navigation services at KRW 7,000 a month. Moreover, customers can use T Map navigation service without data usage tariff and data communication tariff. [FierceWireless]

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