Skype lays off employees, faces danger?

By Justin Mann on December 11, 2007, 8:01 PM
Is Skype in trouble? Rumors have been abounding lately about Skype's loss in value and potential buyouts, and most recently they have been “accused” of laying off employees in the U.K. While layoffs do not indicate a company about to go under they almost always indicate a company losing money and seeking not to.They do not deny the cuts are taking place, and only give vague allusions towards change and taking advantage of short-term opportunities. Not exactly the kind of speech you'd want to hear for a company reaching for longevity.

There have been several snags this year for Skype, include a massive service outage and eBay outright admitting it was a bad investment. It wasn't all bad, with a MySpace deal in the works, but it seems that they are ailing. Much like their largest VoIP competition, Vonage, Skype seems to be struggling the past year or so. If both Skype and Vonage falter, who will swoop in as the new champ for VoiP?

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canadian said:
I hope skype lasts, I have been a proud user for several years now.
windmill007 said:
Ya it has good quailty and cheap long distance. I have it hooked up to my home phones so I can dial LD free from any phone using a computer and a USB adaptor. I got it for $15 for a year and I believe its now $30 a year which is still reasonable for unlimited long distance. Raise it higher and I might have to check into other services like yahoo, etc.
windmill007 said:
Woows spoke to soon. Went to skypes website and they raised the prices. Its now $3 a month ($36 a year) .. Not much of an increase but I think I will go with yahoo. For $25 I will get 2500 Minutes which is 208 Minutes a month if you break it down like that. But you have no time limit to use them either. Owell bye bye skype
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