eBay to buy Skype in $2.6bn deal

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Holy smokes batman!
     
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  3. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I'm sure Google has something in the works, probably SIP based too.
     
  4. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    That's a deal, this world is going to end in the hand of few companies...

    BTW and OT, I really was surprised watching an IBM ad, when they talk how powerful Intel processors are... :p
     
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    I don't actually use Skype all that much, but I think it'd suck if this happened.
     
  7. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    We do use Skype, well, did. They've sold out. I'll call them Skudas from now on. So much for Open Sores spinners.
     
  8. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    That was bound to happen. Everyone following Skype should've known that. They always presented their "numbers" in a buyer-friendly way... no surprise. That it is eBay kinda sucks but oh well. A lot of people will leave Skype for other services now, which is a good thing I think, considering it was a proprietary protocoll anyway.
     
  9. NWAMacTech macrumors member

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    Press Release:

    Google buys eBay

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    LOL
     
  10. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Dang, I really like Skype how it is. I was planning on using it a lot next year when to keep in touch with family and friends while on my study abroad program. If it stays the same and free I will probably use it but if not anyone know some good, free, simple VoIP programs? It would need to be cross platform.
     
  11. cheekyspanky macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using Skype for ages, but now Ebay has bought it I find myself thinking about finding an alternative - Paypal's reputation has totally put me off anything Ebay.

    Anyone know of any other similar products?
     
  12. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    It could have been worse, I suppose – imagine if Microsoft had bought them...
     
  13. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    What the heck is eBay going to do with Skype?
     
  14. minimax macrumors 6502

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    That's what everyone's asking themselves.
     
  15. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    I use Skype all the time, and it is one of the best telephony products I have ever used. It was amazing when I could use it with my 12"powerbook in Singapore's Changi airport.. to talk to my wife back home in California.. for a super low rate. Its worked everywhere I've been and its functionality is not going to change by ebay buying it. I mean, why does everyone run for cover when they hear that ebay took over a company? Ebay is not going to ruin the company, is it?

    I would think they could use Skype as a phone service for ebay sellers (powersellers) as some sort of customer service number that buyers can use to call (at discounted rates) Just like a live chat application..except that this would be a live 'call' app. Picture yourself looking at an auction.. and at the bottom there's a "Click here to talk to the seller" skype button.. You click on it and you can communicate with the seller regarding the product, etc. I would guess thats one way ebay would use skype.
     
  16. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    Sell it on ebay. :p
     
  17. maya macrumors 68040

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    Good one. ;) :)

    Could care less, I used to use Skype. However every time the call would cut off o there was some other interference. I did all the recommended solutions, however was never 100% pleased with it.

    I use a VoIP box now for LD calls. Far far better, and cheaper too. :)
     
  18. Jon'sLightBulbs macrumors 6502a

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    As long as Skype continues to let me use Yapperbox, who cares what huge conglomerate owns the service.
     

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