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September 16, 2005

Skype Marketplace

Skype's announcement of their Voice Services Program has, for good reason, almost drowned (only seven references in Technorati as of time of posting) in the eBay acquisition news.
While the rationale for eBay's acquisition of Skype is plentiful, the Voice Services Program creates a marketplace most directly duplicating eBay's mainstay business, and should therefore not be discounted as one of the biggest motivations for eBay's move.

The only thing that bothers me with Skype's new program, is that it doesn't just choose simple. Why should a small-time translator who wants to earn a quick buck on assisting on a voice conference, have to review partner platform and terms, develop a service on someone else's development platform and finally hope that it is actually approved?
To me, simple is switching on a Skype account option of receiving 1-900 premium calls, setting my per-minute price, and start accrueing a balance until I ask for payout (via Paypal, of course). Skype would accrue an enormous positive cash-flow on the float (assuming I can't ask for payout below €20 or so) and have a new product with margins far outperforming those of SkypeOut and more closely resembling those of Google Adwords.

Posted by Nikolaj Nyholm at September 16, 2005 01:11 PM

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The Skype handset market is starting to get crowded. Now IPEVO has entered this burgeoning frontier with their new FREE.1 USB (read: tethered) handset. That large opening at the receiver area supposedly “significantly eliminates echoing effects” which if true, would be a welcome feature indeed. The “phone”, which is really just a displayless Skype controller, boasts three function buttons: a Skype button which launches Skype on the PC; a SkypeOut button with pre-dial country codes; and an IM button (on a handset!?). In addition, it features a toggle-scroll for fast contact list searches and 3 user-programmable shortcut buttons for changing online status or setting the ring tone. Launched in Taiwan earlier this week, expect to see it Stateside around October. Oh, and regardless of the name, it’s not free — it currently sells for about $27. from http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000687058761/

Posted by: Skype lover at September 17, 2005 03:24 AM

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