reached a deal to distribute Skype Internet calling services.

The companies didn't reveal terms of the pact, which they called a nonbinding cooperation agreement. Plainfield, Ind.-based Brightpoint said it will focus on promoting Skype through university bookstores, hot spots, copy/shipping retailers, mall kiosks and wireless network operator customers.

Closely held Skype has grabbed the telecom industry's attention with its promise to do to phone calling what the original Napster did to the music industry. Skype lets users to download software and make free calls via the Internet to other Skype users. The company, started by the founders of music swapping shop KaZaA, also sells service that connects Skype users to conventional phone networks.

Brightpoint rose 20 cents late Thursday to $19.45.