Monday, March 23, 2009

Today's Fly Or Die Commerce Report

Skype, the internet phone company which is owned by EBay, is seeking to expand into the business world. Skype manufactures a popular device that allows users to make free phone calls and video calls between computers.

Today, they will reportedly launch internet calling software that can be implemented into corporate phone banks. Skype's initial launch will be limited. However, the service is expected to be widely available by the end of the year.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "The new software is expected to allow employees to make domestic and international calls using regular office telephones, instead of a headset plugged into a personal computer."

With the rates for making calls from Skype ranging from free (for computer to computer calling) to 2.1 cents per minute (for calls that are placed to cellphones & landlines), Skype is especially looking to attract small and mid-sized businesses as clientele.

EBay is hoping that Skype's new business software will bring in enough revenue to appease stockholders who have allegedly been demanding that the internet phone company add more to the conglomerate's bottom line, or be sold off.

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