Daily Skype Stats in An Infographic

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Daily Skype Stats in An Infographic

Would you like to see just how successful Skype is? Well, look no further than this infographic put out by Skype to celebrate their 8th birthday last week:

It's indeed impressive. Skype's Big Blog writes, "700 million minutes of free Skype-to-Skype calls each day. To put it in perspective, 700 million is the equivalent of going around the earth 28,000 times in one day, if each minute represents a mile. Or 17,400 times if each minute is a kilometer." Some more perspective - 300 million minutes of video calls is nearly more than the number of Americans (330 million). Of course, this 700 million pales in comparison to the U.S.'s $14.6 trillion deficit where you could stacking $100 dollar bills would reach from the Earth to the edge of the universe 10X. Ok, maybe not, but $14.6 trillion is a pretty big number...

Amazingly, it has 700 million daily minutes of Skype-to-Skype calls. Though I'm a bit surprised video calls is only 42% of that 700 million. I would have expected it to be over 50%. I know most of my Skype calls are video, but I suppose if calling Skype-to-Skype to an international country might be better to do voice-only which uses less bandwidth than a video call. Heck, I know when my kids call their grandmother over video we sometimes have to switch to just voice due to limited DSL upstream bandwidth on her end. Of course, I need to factor in all the people who use Skype mobile apps (sometimes voice, sometimes voice + video calls) or Skype Connect (SIP) which is voice-only SIP-based calls to PSTN numbers. Lastly, there are many people who make Skype-to-PSTN calls, which is Skype's bread-and-butter revenue stream. So I guess it's a good thing for Skype that not everyone is making free video calls.

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