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.”
• 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.