|| ||Kelly Larabee <kelly.larabee-AT-skype.net>|
|| ||SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail betas launched (press release)|
|| ||Fri, 15 Apr 2005 11:57:58 -0400 (EDT)|
SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail Beta
Premium Services Launch as Skype Hits 100 Million Downloads
(Luxembourg 15 April 2005) - Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company,
today announced the public beta of two new premium services available in
the latest download versions of Skype software for Linux, MAC OS X, Pocket
PC and Windows platforms. SkypeIn provides an affordable, flexible
alternative to costly mobile phone roaming charges with SkypeIn personal
numbers. SkypeIn customers can receive inbound calls to their Skype client
from fixed telephones or mobile phones while they travel worldwide,
providing seamless interconnectivity without having to pay costly roaming
charges. Skype Voicemail enables users to manage incoming voicemail
messages, making their Skype usage more ubiquitous.
"Skype is setting new standards for modern communications by expanding
premium services that extend Skype portability, mobility and ubiquity across
a variety of platforms, including the traditional phone network," said Niklas
Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail enhance
the basic free Skype and now allows friends, family and colleagues not
connected to the Internet an inexpensive and convenient way to contact
members of our global user base. With Skypes new premium offerings,
travellers will now be able to save thousands of dollars on roaming charges."
The new premium offerings coincide with another major milestone for Skype:
the 100 millionth download of the software as recorded today. Skype has now
enabled more than 7 billion high-quality minutes of talk time for Skype users
worldwide, further establishing Skype as the feature-rich communications
choice of cost and quality-conscious users.
"The dramatic and exponential growth of downloads and the time devoted by
Skype users to communication via Skype demonstrates consumers' and
professionals' enjoyment of our continual service improvements, and the viral
power of our loyal user base," added Zennstrom. "Skype is simple to use and
easy to share, and the marketplace is responding by making Skype its first
choice in Internet telephony."
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 are 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.
Subscriptions for both pre-paid services are available in the Skype Store at
www.skype.com( http://www.skype.com/ ). Three month SkypeIn subscriptions
are available for 10 ($13)* and 12 month subscriptions for 30 ($39). Skype
Voicemail subscriptions are available for 5 ($7) for 3 months or 15 ($19)
for 12 months, and a free subscription is included with all SkypeIn orders.
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.
Skype is the leading VOIP-category product worldwide, with more than 35
million registered users increasing by more than 150,000 new users per day.
*Dollar amounts are approximate.
About Skype Technologies S.A.:
Skype, the Global Internet Telephony Company(TM), allows people everywhere to
make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning
innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC
platforms. Skype is available in 22 languages and is the fastest growing
voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003,
Skype has been downloaded more than 100 million times. Skype Technologies
S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg and is growing its offices in London and
Tallinn. Skype Technologies is privately held and backed by top tier
international venture capital firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners,
Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Index Ventures, and Mangrove Capital Partners.
www.skype.com( http://www.skype.com/ )
Skype Media Contacts:
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Tel: +1 602 258 1416
email@example.com( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Skype Name: katjames
Tel: +44 1273 728331
email@example.com( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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