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Skype clocked 100 billion free minutes

Shortly before Skype got an award at the Global Mobile Awards 2008 in Barcelona for its innovative Skypephone, the Ebay-owned company announced that it managed to connect its users for a mind boggling 100 billion minutes since the beginning of the service in 2003; that's more than 60 million free minutes per day.

Skype did not mention how many minutes of paid-for calls were made by its customers, although based on estimates, this should add another 10 percent to that number.

Google has been rumoured to be interested in buying Skype and its 276m registered users worldwide, 30 million of which joined Skype in Q4 2007 to give a welcomed boost to Android and Google Talk.

For those who love statistis, according to Wikipedia (opens in new tab), although Skype saw a substantial increase in the number of user accounts, the actual number of Skype to Skype minutes is on a downward slope, falling from 7.7 billion in Q1 to 6.1 billion minutes in Q4.

Erick Schonfeld from Techcrunch (opens in new tab) however is less enthused, pointing out that it is Ebay who is footing the bill (a huge $3.1 billion bill) for the communication cost, with each minute costing 3p for Ebay.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.