PC World Article
Launches Premium Services
Internet telephone firm offers voicemail, plans videoconferencing
in the future.
IDG News Service
Monday, April 18, 2005
SA has commercially launched beta versions of two
new premium services, with two more in the pipeline,
as the Internet telephone company moves to generate
revenue from voice over Internet Protocol technology.
now offer customers the opportunity to purchase phone
numbers so they can be reached by non-Skype users
with ordinary fixed or mobile phones, and to sign
up for a voicemail service," said Skype spokeswoman
Kat James on Monday. "We are also planning a
video conferencing service and another tailored for
small and medium-size businesses in the near future.
Adding new premium services to our free Skype-to-Skype
offer is something we've planned from the start."
SkypeIn service, users can buy up to three numbers
currently available in eight countries: Denmark, Finland,
France, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, the U.K and the
U.S. A three-month subscription costs $13 and a full
year $39, the company announced Friday.
main feature of the SkypeIn service is to allow non-Skype
users to reach registered customers, there's another
benefit: calls made to Skype phone numbers are billed
at the normal long distance rate.
instance, a call between Berlin and London. Even if
the Skype user, who has a London number, takes the
call while on a trip to Japan, the person calling
still only pays the rate for a call between the two
European capitals, according to James.
service complements the SkypeOut service, which allows
Skype customers to call standard phones from their
VOIP devices for a per-minute fee.
voicemail offering is available as part of the SkypeIn
subscription or can be purchased separately for about
$7 for three months and $20 for a full year.
to a video conferencing service, Skype aims to launch
an offering tailored to meet the needs of small and
medium-size businesses in the coming months, according
was unable to say, however, whether Skype would offer
service level agreements and a fully managed network
service, including telephone equipment, similar to
the business offer announced by Colt Telecom Group
PLC last week.
still working on the service so I can't say exactly
what it will entail, but one feature will be group
billing, instead of the individual billing that we
currently offer our consumer customers," she
peer-to-peer technology to connect users to other
users to talk and chat with friends. Skype was developed
by the founders of Kazaa P-to-P technology, widely
used to share music files. Sharman Networks the company
behind the Kazaa file sharing software.
100 million copies of Skype software have been downloaded
from the Internet. The company claims 35 million registered