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How much more success can the company have?

Ebay bought Skype last September -- it looks like it was the right decision.  Skype yesterday announced that it has more than 100 million registered users in about two and a half years, which the company claims is the fastest growth of any Internet program available.  For those not familiar with the program, Skye allows users to talk for free from computer to computer, or pay a small fee to have the ability to place and receive calls from regular telephones.  The success of companies like Skype and Vonage are forcing traditional telephone companies to rethink the way they do business in the United States.  According to Forbes:

It's a hefty sum, no doubt, and just to put it in perspective here's a few other 100 millions: The number of dollars it would cost you to become a space tourist with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency, the number of fans that rock band Bon Jovi has professed having, but above all, double the number of access lines that AT&T  has in its entire network, post-BellSouth merger.

Skype is still receiving abuse after its decision that it will censor material for the Chinese government.  Words like "Falun Gong" and "Dalai Lama" are no longer allowed to be sent in text messages via Skype.

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But what Skype isn't telling you is...
By Gatt on 4/30/2006 2:15:24 AM , Rating: 3
Skype sends out attractive women in unusual outfits in order to pass out free samples of their hardware/software combo.

At Pitt just this Spring semester they had a girl camped outside the Cathedral in a Cheerleader outfit handing out Skype headsets for free(It was pretty chilly too, poor girl was dancing trying to keep warm).

So how many of those 1,000,000 users are actually headsets they passed out for free at college campuses that people tried once and tossed in the can?

RE: But what Skype isn't telling you is...
By Griswold on 4/30/2006 5:35:51 AM , Rating: 2
One hundred million users. Not 1 million.

RE: But what Skype isn't telling you is...
By Naustica on 4/30/2006 11:14:18 AM , Rating: 2
What good is 100 million or 1 trillion users if you can't leverage that into $$. Ebay buying SkyPE for 3 billion was a dumb move. Market seems to agree and time will bear this out

By Griswold on 4/30/2006 4:03:41 PM , Rating: 2
Check your facts again.

By CSMR on 4/29/2006 11:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
Quality is variable but nothing I have tried is better and the software is very good. Hopefully Microsoft (next messenger) and others will provide some competition, leading to better sound quality and reliability.

censorship with
By dhei on 4/30/2006 12:02:33 AM , Rating: 2
GO ahead and censor text messages, like always voice is what you can't censor.

Skype > MSN
By Dev17 on 4/30/2006 2:00:56 AM , Rating: 2
Personally I use skype more than MSN now. Its just as easy to use and I can get a lot more conversation done in less time. Just make life easier. Does anyone else ues VOIP programs more than IM. I hope to get a Skype In/Out number soon.

By Wwhat on 5/1/2006 5:31:44 AM , Rating: 2
Do they count every account made as a new user? because it's not unusual to make several accounts if you have skype, so divide 100 by 2 for starters.

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