Western Union signs payment agreement with Microsoft’s Skype

Western Union has signed an agreement with Microsoft.

Western Union signs payment agreement with Microsoft’s Skype

Western Union has signed an agreement with Microsoft’s Skype that allows Skype customers to replenish their accounts at more than 50,000 Western Union Agent locations across the US.

As part of the agreement, consumers can use Western Union Quick Collect platform to buy Skype Credit, which allows calls to mobile and landlines worldwide as well as text messages to mobile.

Skype customers can now top up their account via the Western Union Quick Collect service that facilitates consumer-to-business payments.

Skype Credit is needed to call landline or mobile numbers, which is charged through a debit-based user account system.

Western Union president Americas and European Union Odilon Almeida said: “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option.

“Our ability to link cash and digital and vice versa creates boundless opportunity for consumers and businesses, including billers within the United States.”

Microsoft director of business development Enrico Noseda said: “Through Skype, Western Union customers can stay in touch with loved ones to let them know about money transfers and share everyday experiences.”