Startup backed by Skype co-founder aims to undercut Mexican telcos

By Christine Murray MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A U.S. wireless startup backed by a co-founder of web phone service Skype has teamed up with Mexican pay-TV provider Dish Mexico to lure subscribers with free call and data plans in the country’s growing and increasingly competitive mobile market. FreedomPop, a five-year-old firm backed by Niklas Zennstrom, will take advantage of a sweeping telecoms reform that gave mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) access to the network of billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil at regulated prices. MVNOs, like Virgin Mobile, which has just a 0.6 percent market share in Mexico, rent capacity from companies with existing mobile networks.

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