An update on Skype’s P2P voice over IP service, courtesy of Jeff Clavier:
* 13M+ users registered
* 1M+ simultaneous users reached for the first time a couple of weeks ago
* 2,384,686,217 minutes served, as I type this – i.e almost 2.4 billion minutes. Just to put things in perspective: Vonage has 170,000 customers and passed the billion minutes mark sometime in 2004
* 295,000 users have signed for SkypeOut (Skype has a goal of 5% conversion from the free service to SkypeOut)
If you haven’t tried Skype, you should. The sound quality is surprisingly good, even though it uses peer-to-peer connections over the public Internet. They just announced availability of the Skype API, which will let developers build new applications and functionality on top of the platform.
I was originally dismissive of Skype, because it was free, private, and software-only. But I now thing it’s a bigger deal than people realize. It’s an example of how VOIP is changing the game in telecom, not just allowing in new competitors.