Of course they are! Hello Skype. Goodbye national carriers

A new study by the research firm TeleGeography stated that Skype has taken over from international carriers.

Users spurn traditional calls for Skype

Of course they have!

According to the firm’s data, over the past 25 years, international call volume from telephones have grown at a compounded annual rate of 15 percent.

In the past two years this growth has however slowed to only 8 percent, rising from 376 billion minutes in 2008 to an estimated 406 billion minutes last year.

By comparison, Skype’s on-net international traffic between two Skype users grew 51 percent in 2008, and is projected to grow 63 percent in 2009, to 54 billion minutes.

I use Skype for all of my international calls. When I first moved to Brazil I used the local telecom. I ended up having international phone bills exceeding US$200 each month.

My unlimited calls to 99 percent of the places I need to call each week plan with Skype is $150 a year.

Even a journalist can figure out what service is better.

I only raise this because we freelancers living abroad don’t really have a lot of extra money to throw around.

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