Skype CEO Niklas Zennström is back to taunting telecoms, this time at CeBIT. His rallying cry: “Free is good. Free service is very, very good. We think you cannot charge for phone calls.” Sure its easy to say Free when you are making PC-to-PC calls, but free will come and bite Skype in the behind as more of its consumers start making SkypeOut calls connecting to old fashioned networks. Free also means, free-type reliablity of service. Skype has 29 million users and is currently signing up new users at the rate of 155,000 per day. A million of them use SkypeOut service.
Zennström said that while phone calls are free, the ability to include value-added services would turn Skype from cool to company.