Wednesday, February 20, 2008

One billion free voice minutes and still counting!

Skype reached One billion free voice minutes and still going strong. In Addition, 12 million anytime online users. Infact, according to Skype journal, Skype reached its additional 1 million in 42 days . This is what I call a true VoIP disruption. It’s a great victory for consumers and a big loss to telecom operators. Though, PC-to-PC calling might not have eroded much of the operator’s revenue. Still I think Skype has done enough damage to be considered an Evil from an operator’s standpoint.

Here is a quote from Villu Aruk :

“ And now, Skype has served 100 billion minutes worth of Skype-to-Skype calls. Please, do quote me on that.”

Some statistics:
• Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls are free
• Skype’s been around for about 4.5 years
• As of the end of 2007, Skype had 276m registered users, adding 30 million in Q4 alone

I guess when ever we talk about VoIP being disruptive, Skype is only application anybody can think of. I’m a big fan of Skype and hats off to Janus and nikalas for building such a great app.
I wish there is more disruption in this arena than basking on past glory.

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Frederik | said...

Impressive numbers and hats off to Skype and all the team behind it!

We at JAJAH are going to publish some big numbers in the next couple of weeks too. All voice communication will be IP based in the near future and there are a couple of great companies out there who will play a big role in this industry.

We are working hard to be one of them :-)

Staying in touch and cheers,