Ike Elliott posted a nice summary of Skype's financial progress the other day, I recommend a look. Reading through it I was struck by the size of Skype's business these days. It seems that this year they should have around $550M in revenue, of the non-cable voip players only Vonage is bigger. I myself have used Skype a great deal, but only rarely for paid services.
I suppose I have always been blinded by the fact that initially Skype grew from nothing into something huge without even trying to earn a penny, and that most of what I use of Skypes is free. I have never really given them enough credit for monetizing the business, mainly because I have seen so many other companies start free and then stumble on the making money part. I largely assumed that Ebay was making a mistake in buying Skype, and I still think they overpaid but perhaps not by as much as I thought.
But I do miss the dynamic VoIP beast that everyone feared would tear apart the telecom world, it's too calm out there right now.
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