SAN JOSE, CALIF., April 30 /CNW/ - Skype and Intel Corporation today
announced a joint effort to advance a shared vision of establishing the
personal computer as a central and reliable platform for voice and video
calling over the Internet. By offering an Intel-sponsored day of free global
calling over Skype on Mother's Day to U.S. and Canadian consumers, the two
companies are encouraging U.S. and Canadian users to take advantage of
Internet communication via their PCs or laptops. This builds on the success of
the Skype Unlimited Calling plan which has enabled thousands of consumers
across the U.S. and Canada to save hundreds of dollars on domestic calling
since it was introduced in December 2006.
According to a March 2007 In-Stat report entitled U.S. Residential
Voice-Over IP Market Dynamics and Market Tracker, the number of VoIP
households in the U.S. continued to grow briskly in the fourth quarter, with
more than 10.6 million households now using VoIP. In-Stat found that while
cable providers drove strong adoption of VoIP, Skype gained significant market
share in the quarter, consolidating its leading market position at the expense
of its client-based VoIP rivals. The report credits Skype's innovative and
disruptive pricing and product strategy for its success, citing the Skype
Unlimited Calling plan for allowing registered users to make unlimited
SkypeOut(TM) calls to any phone number in the U.S. and Canada for a flat,
annual subscription fee of just $29.95, almost 90 percent less than
traditional calling plans that can cost consumers $24.95 per month or more.
"This initiative builds on our efforts to establish Skype as a standard
for Internet communications," said Don Albert, general manager and vice
president of Skype North America. "The PC is central to the way consumers and
business users connect and collaborate with one another. We're delighted at
how well Skype runs on PCs and laptops featuring Intel(R) Core 2 Duo processor
Consumers in the U.S. and Canada can take advantage of Internet
communications over Skype by placing free SkypeOut calls to any landline or
mobile number around the world on Mother's Day (May 13, 2007). Sponsored by
Intel, the "Gift of Gab" promotion represents the first time that U.S. and
Canadian users will be able to make free SkypeOut calls to anywhere in the
world for a period of 24 hours. Calls from one registered Skype user to
another remain free. Usually, SkypeOut calls are billed at per-minute fees
depending on the location called, with rates beginning at the low Skype global
dialing rate of 2.1 cents per minute. More information about the "Gift of Gab"
is available at www.skype.com/go/giftofgab.
Intel is sponsoring the Gift of Gab promotion as a way to demonstrate how
audio and video calling are optimized when using PCs powered by the Intel Core
2 Duo processor. For example, Skype conference calls are now clearer and
users' PCs are more responsive during these calls. These improvements are a
result of collaborative efforts between Intel and Skype engineers.
"Through Intel and Skype's 'Gift of Gab' promotion, consumers and
business users can experience the immediate benefits of the Internet
communications lifestyle-especially on Mother's Day, normally the busiest
calling holiday of the year," said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general
manager of Intel's Digital Office Platform Division. "This initiative builds
upon our existing efforts with Skype to deliver an enhanced Voice over IP
experience. We have optimized the processor and chipset--supporting wide-band
high definition audio, for instance--and Skype users have a rich calling
experience on their PCs as a result."
Participants in the "Gift of Gab" promotion who enjoy their trial of
Skype's Internet communications experience on Mother's Day can sign up for the
significant savings of the Skype Unlimited Calling plan for just $29.95 for an
entire year of calling to any landline or mobile phone in the U.S. or Canada
Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies,
products and initiatives to continually improve how people work and live.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
Skype sets conversations free by providing new and easy ways to stay in
touch over the Internet. Millions of people every day make free Skype-to-Skype
voice and video calls and send instant messages using our software. Some pay a
little per minute for long-distance and international calls to phones and
mobiles and for SMS, voicemail and call forwarding, or they buy subscriptions
that give unlimited calls nationwide.
We certify and sell hundreds of hardware products from more than 50
partners and work with third-party developers to create software to extend
Skype's functionality. Skype has been downloaded more than half a billion
times and over 196 million people from almost every corner of the globe have
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY), and you can learn more and get
Skype at www.skype.com.
Make your world a smaller place: talk, share and do more with Skype.
Access to a broadband Internet connection is required for Skype and all
Skype Certified devices and accessories. Skype is not a replacement for your
traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.
Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its
subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Skype, SkypeIn,
SkypeOut, Skype Me, Skype Certified, Skypecasts, associated logos and the "S"
symbol are trademarks of Skype Limited.
For further information:
For further information: Kaplow for Skype Chaim Haas, 212-221-1713
firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype Jennifer Caukin, 408-376-8787
Jennifer.email@example.com or Intel Corporation Otto Pijpker, 503-677-5310