Skype 1.0 includes SkypeOut, Skype’s first commercial consumer offering, enabling Skype users to call any phone number in the world. New beta versions of Skype for Linux and Skype for Pocket PC withthe new SkypeOut feature are also available today.
“Thanks to our beta users evangelising Skype, their continued feedback and our exceptional development team, Skype now delivers on the long anticipated promise of Internet telephony,” said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. “Skype is helping consumers everywhere move beyond the limitations of last century’s telecommunications tools to experience new value and quality.”
Skype 1.0 remains consumer focused and offers people the freedom to control their own communication needs. It retains the same extensive features of the beta versions; including unrivalled call quality, free Skype to Skype calling, and end-to-end encryption for superior security.
The new SkypeOut service offers global calling at local rates. The service allows Skype users to pre-pay and use their PC and Internet connections to call landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world.
The minimum pre-pay for SkypeOut is 10 Euro and call pricing starts at 1.7 Euro cents per minute, approximately $.02, for the 22 countries currently included in the Skype Global Rate. Outside the Global Rate, pricing varies by country. Pricing is subject to change. For the complete destination pricing list see www.skype.com/go/prices.html
Skype 1.0 Free Features:
— Conference calling – enables simultaneous and seamless voice communication between groups of up to five friends, family or colleagues
— Global Directory – the user-built global Skype contacts directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool
— Tracking – call and message tracking
— Customization – MyPicture image display, ring tones, call alert options
— File transfer – the ability to send and receive files via Skype and education and warning regarding virus potentials with file attachments
— Mobility -login into Skype account on more than one PC anywhere in the world.
— Multiple Skype accounts on one PC
— Instant messaging & more (IM at end of list due to and more point)
“Skype 1.0 with SkypeOut is an unmatched universal offering,” said Zennstrom. “Skype software will continue to innovate in response to our users’ needs and for improving their connections with friends, families, colleagues and services.”
SkypeOut pre-paid accounts can be established with a secure credit mechanism. The service provides simple dial options including a dial-pad and an add-a-telephone number-contact tool. Customers will access their accounts with one click to their password protected personal account overview web page, including call history and up to the minute credit views.
Skype Version 1 is available immediately for download from www.skype.com Skype 1.0 works on any Windows 2000/XP PC with a 400 MHz processor, a headset, or microphone and speakers. Skype Version 1 is available primarily in English, with other language versions following rapidly.
Since the launch of its public beta program in August, 2003, Skype has attracted more than 7.7 million users across every country in the world.