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Skype expands deal with WorldPay to offer QIWI services in Russia

Skype expands deal with WorldPay to offer QIWI services in Russia
Daniel Gumble


Payments / March 5th 2013 at 10:28AM

Customers in Russia able to make payments via QIWI.

Skype and WorldPay have strengthened their relationship in a move that will enable them to process payments for QIWI services in Russia.

Consumers in Russia will now be able to purchase Skype Credit not only from QIWI interfaces (QIWI Wallet and QIWI Kiosks), but also by initiating a payment directly using QIWI on the Buy Skype Credit payment webpage. They will also be able use QIWI Wallet to add Skype Credit online via WorldPay's Corporate Gateway.

By providing QIWI Wallet Payment processing, Skype can now bolster its relationships in the Russian market and offer an enhanced experience to its customers

“Skype entered an agreement with QIWI in 2012 to introduce a new payment method for users in Russia, allowing consumers to top up Skype Credit using QIWI cash-in kiosks across the country. Following the successful roll-out, Skype has extended the use of QIWI for online transactions via WorldPay's Corporate Gateway so consumers can use QIWI Wallet to add credit to their Skype accounts”, said Mikhail Rogov, head of international business development, QIWI Bank.

Jason Macklin, director of the Billing and Payments, Skype, also added: “Skype is very pleased to announce an extension to our partnerships with both QIWI and WorldPay. Our aim is to provide, to our growing global customer base, convenient ways to pay.  The QIWI payment network and QIWI Wallet are undoubtedly one of the most important payment methods in the region and we are glad that all QIWI users now have more convenient options to top-up their Skype accounts.”

Phillip McGriskin, chief product officer, WorldPay, concluded: “With a growing economy and a surge in eCommerce, Russia presents a significant opportunity for online merchants. WorldPay has extensive knowledge of processing multiple alternative payment types globally. Building on WorldPay’s long-standing partnership with Skype and supporting QIWI services, Skype can take advantage of a consumer’s preferred method of payment in this important market. Users in Russia will benefit from having a wider choice of payment options available to them to pay for products offered by Skype.”

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