Skype continues to show it is a force to be reckoned with in the telecoms areana, with their move into content distribution by means of Personalise Skype, a feature that means that callers can receive and send pictures, sounds and ringtones over the Skype network. The company, who is owned by eBay, also hinted they could soon offer online video services.

Skype appears to be moving towards becoming a platform for online video content in a move that could eventually see it square up against conventional television companies.

Saul Klein, Skype's vice-president of marketing, said that video services had been discussed within Skype and suggested the company would unveil further new services in the next few months.

Skype also announced the full release of a call-forwarding service that allows people to forward free internet calls to mobile phones or a conventional landline for 1p a minute.