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Skype and Videos
and iPhone App
1.07.11 Post by John Norris McCallum with Howe County ISP Providers and Installation Pros
Skype, an very well known Internet phone company, is
bringing live video calls to iPhone and iPad screens in a strong bid to move in on the popular devices and build momentum
for its soon to be public stock offering.
Skype now starts to offering a two-way video application for iPhone,
iPad and iPod Touch -- its most significant app for Apple products since Skype got into the market in April 2009. Skype's
first iPhone app offered only voice and text. To the dismay og millions.
(Skype video calls are not available on Android devices.) "It's a natural extension
of video on smartphones," Skype CEO Tony Bates says. "You can use video-calling now, via Skype, any time and anywhere."
Skype's new platform lets users
make free calls between two PCs, smartphones or TVs, but the company charges users to call over land-line phones. The company
is extremely profitable, earning $14.6 million for the six months ended June 30, according to its S-1 filing to go public.
forth the app for New Year's Eve, the biggest day of the year for video calls. More than 85 million iPhones and nearly 8.3
million iPads have been sold. A new iPad is rumored to be unveiled soon and feature front and rear video cameras, according
to multiple websites, including DigiTimes, citing unnamed sources.
However, Skype faces obstacles. It has competition from the likes of
Cisco Systems, Google and Microsoft -- which continue to enhance their Internet-calling products -- and smaller video-calling
companies such as Fring and Qik. Apple's FaceTime video chat works over Wi-Fi but not 3G networks.
Skype was also
damaged by an outage that affected millions of its users last week, the worst glitch in its seven-year history.
Some 26% of Internet users in
the USA had video-calling services in the summer of 2010, compared with 18% in April 2009, according to Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project.
About 44% of Skype-to-Skype calls -- most of them PC-to-PC -- are now video
vs. 33% a year ago.
Few details are in Skype's IPO regulatory filing, including how much the company -- owned
by private investor Silver Lake Partners, eBay, venture fund Andreessen Horowitz and others -- plans to raise or how many
shares it intends to sell.
But remember, Skype appears ready to go public. With 27 million concurrent users
a day -- 139 million to 149 million unique visitors a month -- it is aggressively expanding its customer base beyond PCs and
smartphones. It has plans for tablet computers and televisions, as shown by deals with Samsung and Panasonic that will put
its products into about 45 million TV sets.
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