How Many Users Does Skype Really Have?
from the murky-at-best dept
When eBay released its latest quarterly earnings, we noted that the revenue growth it reported for Skype was misleading, since the percentage growth figure was based on a previous quarter that only contained 78 days' worth of revenue. Skype today says it's passed the 100 million user mark, meaning that 100 million usernames have been registered. But several people are wondering just what this really means, and how many users Skype really has. Skype and eBay aren't very upfront about it, saying that the service sees about 6 million users at peak times, with the only indication of how many paid users the service has came back during its auction-via-media in July, when it came out it had just 1.7 million paid users out of 45 million registered at the time. Without a clear representation of how many active users the service has and how many of them are actually paying customers, it's pretty difficult to discern how the business is really doing, and if there's enough substance underneath to back up all the hype.