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Skype, Now the Largest Long-distance Phone Company

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skypeldTeleGeography says that cross-border telephone traffic grew 14 percent in 2007 and is estimated to have grown 12 percent in 2008, to 384 billion minutes. Falling prices and rising popularity have flattened the revenues (see graph below the fold). The big bump in minutes (and the flattening of revenues) has come courtesy of Skype, the company owned by San Jose, Calif.-based eBay (s EBAY). [digg=]

Skype’s cross-border traffic grew approximately 41 percent in 2008, to 33 billion minutes — equivalent to 8 percent of combined international telephone + Skype traffic. Skype uses  wholesale carriers such as iBasis and Level 3 (s LVLT) for handling its network traffic. Five years after its launch, Skype is now the largest provider of cross-border voice communications in the world, Telegeography says. Or as my friend Andy Abramson would say: The world’s biggest minute stealer.



73 Responses to “Skype, Now the Largest Long-distance Phone Company”

  1. Hi dude, am making my career in telecom..VOIP and searching for some good stuff and came here..i was so exited to go through each article..very informative and interesting. An informative hub, must say ..have bookmarked and keep writing!! Skype is for every the best!!!

  2. Ann Jared

    Dear Sir:
    My account says I have a 10.00 balance but I can not
    call out. The account is under Allen Don Jared. Why can’t
    I use the ten dollar balance?
    Ann Jared


    I need a telephone number in order to speak to someone about signing up with skype, about cost, features and how to go about it


    I need a telephone number in order to speak to someone about signing up with skype, about cost, features and how to go about it

  5. Hi Om,

    These figures are amazing. Especially considering that calling Skype users from standard telephones (fixed or mobiles) is a quite difficult task.

    We have now developed a service that allows simple calling from any phone to a Skype user. This should boost those figures even more :)

  6. So far, MajicJack has worked out for me. Skype looks like it will charge you to call someones cell by the minute, whereas Majicjack could care less, I can dail anything in the US for one flat rate per year. Quite a bargin for me, and I need a good bargin these days.

  7. Thats awesome! Skype is the leader now providing the best service, but can this winning streak continue? Will google come out with a new innovative and effective service that could topple this market leader? Hope time will answer! Maybe there is some one working from some place to beat this…

    • MajicJack is absolute trash and hasn’t got a leg to stand on against Skype…
      Don’t believe me? hit the unofficial MJ forums and see for yourself.

      I have an MJ unite myself… it’s sitting in a bin with the rest of my junk.
      Worst VOIP system ever(hands down).

      Skype on the other hand has been nothing reliable for us.
      Having invested in a standalone(PC’less) Cordless Skype phon(by GE), Skype has become THE phone of choice in our household. It is the best VOIP solution bar none.

      MajicJack sucks!

    • Anonymous

      Do you know?…I just purchased MJ (have not recieved it yet). How do I obtain international calling ability. Is there another provider I will need to contact with.

  8. We will see more minute stealing if Skype for Business picks up. Enterprise Voice market is the new cash cow for skype. (Looks like iBasis and level 3 have lot to gain in the partnership with skype) .
    We keep saying that eBay would eventually sell Skype to the highest bidder. Who is that bidder going to be? ILEC,CLEC, Web Giants, Unified Communication vendors etc

  9. Hardeep Singh Dang

    Hi Om,

    I know the mobile VOIP is still in a nascent stage, but I would sure like to have details of companies like Truphone, Gizmo5, Fring, Nimbuzz and others. These guys have really made the VOIP market eve more interesting and have proved VOIP is far from dead. In fact the economy that we live in today would be the biggest boost to VOIP.

  10. voip is hot, excellent!!, other players should feel optimistic as they have a big pie to cut from, i wonder if truphone, jajah and vopium can figure out the right approach in 2009?