In Canada, Koodo Mobile has been selling the LG Optimus One for a long while. In fact, it was the first Android smartphone that Koodo added to its lineup, and it was released in March of last year. The LG Optimus One is a rather affordable midrange device that has seen great sales across the world, undoubtedly thanks to its price per features ratio.
Koodo Mobile is apparently now prepping to introduce a new version of the Optimus One at some point in the near future. Nothing is changed in terms of hardware, but the new handset will be called LG Optimus One Skype Edition. That’s because, like the LG Optimus Black for Telus (also dubbed ‘Skype Edition’), it will have Skype preloaded and will let you directly purchase Skype credits and have them billed to your wireless account at Koodo. That’s a rather bold move from a carrier, and Koodo is the second one in Canada to go down this route. It will be interesting to see if this trend spreads anywhere else in the world. Microsoft, Skype’s new owner, would sure like it to.
The LG Optimus One Skype Edition will cost $175 outright, as you can see from the image above, which shows an internal Koodo system and has been leaked to MobileSyrup. It’s unclear if the original Optimus One will be sold by Koodo alongside this new edition or not. We also don’t have any details about when exactly the Optimus One Skype Edition will launch, but stay tuned.