Skype boasts 500 million downloads

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Skype has announced that more than 500 million people have downloaded the Skype software, which makes it one of the most popular free downloads of all time.

And the company has even more figures to hand. Apparently six people download Skype every six seconds and the customer base has grown from 54 million registered users in September 2005 to 171 million worldwide users today – 42 months after it first offered its software.

“The entire Skype team owes its success to the global community of registered users we have today who tell their loved ones how much they enjoy using Skype. We’re absolutely delighted that so many people are embracing Skype and speaking to friends or family all over the world for free or very little cost.” said Skype CEO and co-founder Niklas Zennström.

All sounds very impressive – but I wonder what percentage of users actually use any of the paid services?

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Dave Walker