This is another 50 million additional Skype users since mid August. Skype™ with 200 million downloads has become one of the most popular internet telecom company in the world.
SkypeIn customers choose a country and area code and are assigned a regular telephone number. Anyone may call the SkypeIn user at their SkypeIn number wherever the user travels, providing huge cost savings compared to mobile roaming rates and flexibility for the Skype user to receive calls at home, at the office or at a hotel anywhere. Users may purchase up to three numbers from their home country in Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States during the beta period.
Skype™ Voicemail customers can receive a voicemail message up to 10 minutes long from any user or traditional phone. Skype Voicemail customers may record their own personalized voicemail greeting, playback their messages, even while offline, and send incoming calls to voicemail if they away, offline or simply busy on another call.
SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail complement Skype’s first premium service, SkypeOut, which allows global calling to public telephone numbers for local rates. More than 1.2 million people are now using SkypeOut. With the combination of SkypeIn and SkypeOut, users have new flexibility to expand modern communications and share those interconnection benefits with non-Skype users. Skype eliminates communications billing surprises by offering all premium services on a pre-paid basis.
Skype maintains its commitment to user-controlled privacy settings with the ability to block SkypeIn numbers. SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail betas are available with the latest versions of Skype for Linux, Mac OS X, Pocket PC and Windows platforms. The new downloads also include enhanced user benefits such as remote access to their personal contact lists and the ability to import contact lists from other desktop applications.
eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY; ebay.com) acquired Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company on last October 20.
Skype™ is the leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 59 million people are registered to use Skype's free services, with more than 3 million people using Skype simultaneously at any one time.
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