April 4, 2013
Skype Usage Reaches 2 Billion Minutes Per Day
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Skype announced on Wednesday that its users now spend more than two billion minutes per day on the service, a milestone that underscores just how popular the Voice-over-IP (VoIP) platform has become.
The company put the figures into perspective by noting that two billion minutes is the equivalent of 1.388 million days, 3,805 years or nearly 38 centuries — long enough to travel to the moon and back more than 225,000 times.
“Two billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together,” wrote Elisa Steele, corporate vice president of marketing at Skype, in a blog post on Wednesday.
“This massive amount of connection — enough time to watch 1.6 million movies — is also a testament to the hard work of our product teams who have enabled these great experiences.”
The figures announced on Wednesday include Internet phone calls, video calls, group chats and instant messages.
Skype is particularly popular with people who make international calls, since users can avoid the comparatively high fees typically charged by telecom providers. Another key attraction of the service is the breadth of products that can use Skype, such as PCs, smartphones, tablet devices and televisions.
Skype usage is expected to rise even further in the coming weeks as Microsoft, which acquired Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion, transitions users of its conventional Windows Live Messenger service over to Skype.