Skype launches version 1.0 including pre-paid calls to POTS from Pocket PC
Posted on 27-Jul-2004 23:20
Filed under: News
Skype has announced the availability of its free Skype for Windows Version 1.0 software. Skype 1.0 includes SkypeOut, Skype's first commercial consumer offering, enabling Skype users to call any phone number in the world with pre-paid minutes. New beta versions of Skype for Linux and Skype for Pocket PC with the 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."
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.
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)
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 and it 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.