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Disruptive pricing gives Skype users more value and choice.
LUXEMBOURG, January 18, 2007 – Skype, the global Internet communications company, today announced its new global pricing structure which offers a simple, convenient and cost-effective way for consumers worldwide to call landlines and mobiles over the Internet. The new pricing structure complements the foundation of Skype’s success in letting anyone in the world talk for free, from one Skype software account to another.
The pricing structure is the latest in a series of new steps Skype is taking to give consumers a choice of easy-to-understand, value-based Internet communications packages. Initially focused on Europe, Skype’s new pricing strategy will roll out worldwide during 2007.
When launched in full, the pricing strategy consists of a premium subscription package (Skype Pro), one feature of which removes per-minute charges for SkypeOut calls to domestic landlines and includes a small connection fee.
“People like using Skype to make free calls from one Skype account to another but more and more they are choosing our paid for products that offer excellent value. As a result of this, we’re introducing a new pricing strategy today that will include a premium package. This premium package builds on the success we’ve had in North America and the UK with subscription-based calling promotions. It offers our users more for less because they can buy additional Skype paid for products but for a smaller cost,” said Stefan Öberg, General Manager, Skype Telecoms.
As a part of Skype’s premium package the global dialing rate to a number of countries is also reduced. The first phase of the SkypeOut pricing structure, effective from 13.00 CET on Thursday January 18th 2007, includes a reduction in global dialing rates to 0.017 € per minute for: Czech Republic (including Prague), Guam, Hungary (including Budapest), Israel (including Jerusalem), Luxembourg, Malaysia (including Kuala Lumpur), Puerto Rico and both Alaska and Hawaii in the United States.
For some countries, this represents a reduction of up to 65 per cent.
Skype also confirmed today that its previously announced connection fee rates, applicable worldwide, are now effective. The connection fee is a straightforward set-up charge per call. The Skype Unlimited Calling plan in the U.S. and Canada and the Talk for Britain campaign in the UK do not include a connection fee for national calls.
The connection fee is 0.039 Euro, excl VAT or the equivalent in local currency.
Today Skype users around the world can make free voice and video calls to any other registered Skype users as well as send instant messages, transfer files and participate in Skypecasts which are live moderated conversations with up to 100 people.
Skype users can also take advantage of Skype’s premium calling features, including SkypeOut™ (calls from Skype to traditional landlines or mobiles), SkypeIn™ (a number which can be called from a normal phone anywhere in the world) and Skype Voicemail (takes calls when users are busy or offline).
As the world’s largest Internet communications community, Skype is committed to giving its users the ability to set their conversations free at home, at work and on the move. It is focused on further developing its ecosystem of more than 50 hardware partners and more than 150 Skype-certified devices to broaden the appeal of Skype to a wider base of users who want to use Skype away from the PC, no matter where they happen to be. This is especially true for Skype users who want to take advantage of the mobile Skype experience, which is already accessible to more than 5 million Skype users on over 120 different Windows Mobile Smartphones and pocket PC devices.
For more information, please go to http://www.skype.com/products/skypepro/
Connection Fee Rates Rates Based on Currency* (excl. VAT)
- Australian Dollar (AUD) 0.059
- Brazilian Real (BRL) 0.09
- British Pound (GBP) 0.029
- Canadian Dollar (CAD) 0.059
- Danish Krone (DKK) 0.29
- Euro (EUR) 0.039
- Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) 0.39
- Japanese Yen (JPY) 4.9
- Norwegian Krone (NOK) 0.29
- Polish Zloty (PLN) 0.149
- Korean Won (KRW) 49
- Swedish Krona (SEK) 0.39
- Swiss Franc (CHF) 0.059
- Taiwan Dollar (TWD) 1.6
- US Dollar (USD) 0.039
*If your currency is not listed, the Euro rate is applicable
About Skype Skype is the world’s fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing unlimited free voice, video and instant messaging communication between users of Skype Software. With over 136 million registered users, Skype is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers. Visit Skype at http://www.skype.com.
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.
Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Skype, SkypeIn, SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the “S” symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
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Past coverage about Meebo from TechAddress can be found here.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–meebo, Inc., the popular web-based instant messaging (IM) provider, today announced that over the past three months the company doubled registered users to more than one million, collaborated with leading platforms for distribution and secured $9 million in funding from venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). The investment is a Series “B” round of funding for meebo and includes previous investor Sequoia Capital. Tim Draper, DFJ Founder and Managing Director, joins meebo’s board of directors.
meebo continues to catch on with new users across the globe. After announcing 500,000 user-accounts just three months ago, meebo doubled its registered users to 1 million; including 4.5 million unique screen names signing-in monthly. Additionally, meebo has more than 1.2 million daily logins and exchanges 75 million messages per day with average sessions of 70 minutes. On the business development front, meebo continues to collaborate with leading web platforms including Windows Live Spaces, netvibes, WordPress and SixApart as well as social networks Amie Street, Traineo, ChickAdvisor and Schmedley.
“It’s been an incredible year for meebo. In addition to securing this new round of funding and forming some great distribution relationships, we’ve also expanded our user base. With more than a million daily logins and users spending more than 165 years with us every day, meebo is quickly becoming the place to be for instant communication on the web,” said Seth Sternberg, CEO and co-founder, meebo. “We are thrilled to have Tim and DFJ on board, and with past successes like Hotmail and Skype, they have shown a knack for building disruptive communications companies.”
meebo is a web-based instant messaging service that allows users to access all of their IM buddies from any computer with a web browser, anytime, anywhere. Using AJAX technology, meebo creates a “software-like” experience on the web, requiring no software downloads or installs. Known for engaging their large user base in site development and refinement, meebo encourages feedback from users and built a simple and highly-robust platform to address changing IM needs.
“We see in meebo the same qualities we’ve seen in our past successful investments: viral growth, passionate users, defendable technology and a super-dedicated team,” said Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fischer Jurvetson. “meebo is positioned to completely change the communications game on the web.”
meebo Expands its Platform
Since launching in September 2005, the company has expanded and built upon its core platform. Some recent highlights include:
meebo and the meebo meTM widget work with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and almost any other web browser. The meebo services are free. For more information visit www.meebo.com.
About meebo Inc.
meebo is the first Web-based instant messaging service that gives users, no matter where they are, a hassle-free way to connect to every major instant messaging service using only a browser. With meebo, there is no need to download and run multiple software products. meebo’s investors include Sequoia Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and other individual investors. More than 1,200,000 meebo sessions are initiated daily. The company is based in Mountain View, CA, and offers its free service at www.meebo.com.
About Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Draper Fisher Jurvetson is the only venture capital firm with global presence through a network of affiliated funds, with offices in more than 30 cities around the world and approximately $4 billion in capital commitments. DFJ’s mission is to identify, provide capital for, and serve extraordinary entrepreneurs anywhere who want to change the world. Over the past twenty years, DFJ has been proud to back approximately 300 companies across a myriad of sectors including such industry changing catalysts as Hotmail (acquired by MFST), Baidu (BIDU), Skype (acquired by EBAY), United Online (UNTD), Overture (acquired by YHOO), Interwoven (IWOV), 411 (acquired by YHOO), Parametric (PMTC), and Digidesign (acquired by AVID).