Skype revenue: $50 million last quarter

From NY Times article on Skype’s new unlimited calling plan:

Over all, the Internet calling business is booming. Mr. Halpern said that by the end of the third quarter, there were around 8 million subscribers to Internet calling plans in the United States, up from 6.5 million in the previous quarter. That figure did not include users of Skype.

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In the third quarter . . . Skype generated $50 million in revenue, a mere 3 percent of eBay

Skype Out Unlimited for $30 per year ($15 if you sign up soon)

I love subscription business models and I think Skype has a chance to sign up millions of paying subscribers with their new unlimited calling subscription plan. You can call any number in the US or Canada. So do you go Vonage at $24.95 per month for the residential unlimited plan or Skype for $14.95 per year? (Yes, you can buy a Skype-enabled phone that you can carry around the house like a regular phone and make calls via your computer/internet connection.)

Check it out.

(I wonder if spammy marketers will now create bots that will dial every number in the U.S. that is NOT on the do-not-call list and leave a marketing message. I’m guessing this would violate the Skype terms of service…. Or if not, like the FAX blasting marketers of the past, some legal restrictions will probably prohibit this sooner or later.)