MySpace offers Skype callsUsers will be able to make free Voip calls

18 October 2007

 

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Millions of members of MySpace will be able to make free calls to each other after the social networking site announced a deal with internet phone firm Skype.

MySpace users will be able to click a button in their profile to make voice over internet protocol (Voip) calls to the computer or telephone of other people on MySpace or to Skype customers.

The service will be available from November this year and the companies say the deal will create the world’s largest online, voice-connected community. MySpace has more than 110 million users, while Skype has 220 million.

Free calls

PC-to-PC phone calls will be free and users will be able to pay for ‘premium’ options such as making calls from a computer to land lines or mobile phones.

Michael Van Swaaij, interim chief executive of Skype said the deal made it ‘simpler and easier for people to place free calls to one another whether they are on Skype or within the MySpace network’.

Voip calls

Voip calls work by sending the caller's voice over the internet as packets of information in the same way as photos, text and other data are transmitted.

The service is now offered via PCs, home phones and mobiles.

It is increasingly popular in the UK, with the industry predicting up to three million users will be signed up by the end of this year.