CBC News reports that Telus has partnered voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) call provider Skype to offer its mobile customers a Skype-branded smartphone with international VoIP calling credits this summer, the first such partnership between a Canadian cellular company and a VoIP operator. The offer for purchasers of the LG Optimus Black will allow users to make long-distance calls over the internet to landlines and mobile phones for low monthly subscription or per-minute fees compared to standard prices for wireless long-distance. Users can also make free calls to other Skype users. Telus will still require customers to pay for a voice plan in addition to a data plan that enables Skype usage. The report points out that Skype is already available to Canadian iPhone, Android and Symbian smartphone users, regardless of their wireless network, but, until the Telus deal, no cellco had directly endorsed Skype, which was purchased in May by Microsoft.