Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Skype has a long tail....

Over breakfast this morning I overheard two "experienced" (old sounds too rude) gentlemen exchanging the merits of Skype as the newest thing in cheap telephony.

I would not call myself an early adopter of Skype; although I was quick to take up evolutions such as SkypeIn, but I find it amazing that people are still finding out about it.

Many of the early users are already playing with the new kid on the block. For some this is Yahoo with Voice or Google Talk (neither of which are quite there yet) and depending on geography others may have tried products such as Firefly.

I for one have been suffering from increasing frequency of poor quality calls over Skype so I am really looking for something new. Ideally this will be compatible with some of the new handsets that are emerging this quarter with WiFi chips on board, so firmware will be king.

Still I guess EBay were pretty smart after all, as the bubble was seeming to burst there is a new wave of users out there to pump in some more air and keep the Skype-Bay bubble inflated for a bit longer yet.

1 comment:

Herve said...

"Still I guess EBay were pretty smart after all, as the bubble was seeming to burst ..." what about the reverse:
"Niklas and Janus were pretty smart ast the adoption curve (bubble) was starting to burst and the growth curve was flattening, threatening the opportunity to justify a big trade sale and make a huge exit"?