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Is eBay Looking to Unload Skype?

Probably Not for a While

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Rumors have been circulating that eBay may be interested in finding a suitable bidder for VoIP service Skype. eBay hasn’t exactly come out and said this, but people love to chitter chatter. Times Online reports:

Industry insiders believe that eBay signaled its intent last week after John Donahoe, its chief executive, described Skype as a “great stand-alone business”. This has led to suggestions that eBay would find it relatively easy to part with Skype, if a substantial bid was made.

Mr Donahoe was speaking to analysts about eBay’s disappointing fourth-quarter profits, which had been hit by slowing consumer spending.

John DonahoeDonahoe told the Wall Street Journal that Skype is "getting more valuable by the day," and is already "a $550 million business with excellent operating margins."

Well, this certainly seems like Donahoe’s way of making the service sound more appealing to potential suitors, but there is a good possibility Skype use will rise as mobile phone apps become more popular. A Skype application allows people to make calls for free.

Analysts seem to think that a sale is imminent but a ways off. Maybe a couple more years, giving Skype a chance to accumulate even more value. In the meantime, they’ve still got StumbleUpon to think about too.

Is eBay Looking to Unload Skype?
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  • http://www.pr-interactive.com FL Web Design

    I love Skype

  • http://randomplaza.com Richard C Mongler

    Well there’s been rumors that ebay spent too much money and skype and is going to dump it for years.

    Here’s stuff that happened after ebay/paypal bought skype.

    There’s been a gigantic amount of stuff where people hijack skype accounts that are tied into paypal accounts. People think it’s ebay/paypal/skype doing it. Once the skype accounts get hijacked, the hijackers see a connected paypal account that goes to a bank account and the drain that bank account. Then the victims can’t into get their skype accounts back or unlink it in paypal. After a month they usually finally get an ebay/paypal/skype rep that believes them and they get their account back, but they don’t get the stolen money back. Well, this is what I’ve read by google searching about it.

    Also I’ve read on a forum that with the ebay/paypal/skype link, if you do a chargeback on ebay, then the card is blocked from working with skype.

  • Guest

    I video call or call overseas on skype everyday for free love it

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