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June 06, 2005

Discount Eikaiwa Service Uses Skype

"Internet solutions company" e-communication has launched a new cut-price version of its English conversation-learning service. "e-com Eigo Net" uses the popular Skype IP telephone system to offer lessons online, and the latest version links students in Japan with teachers in the Philippines. The lower expenses incurred allow e-com to offer "man-to-man" lessons for just ¥1,900 per hour, half the rate charged to study with American teachers. The new service was started on June 1, while the e-com service was first launched in March. The Delaware-based e-com established its Japanese branch in Nagoya in February of this year. Skype is a free Internet telephony system that has over 30 million users worldwide.
e-communication web site (Japanese)
Skype web site (Japanese)

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