Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Launching Ring2Skype, a free replacement for SkypeIn

We have exciting news! We have just launched a new free service:

Ring2Skype allows people without a Skype account to call you on your Skype. Once you sign up (in just 1 simple step), you are assigned a phone number and a private extension. All calls to that extension ring at your Skype. Numbers are available in 31 countries (!!!) and over 100 different regions.

Why may you want to have a regular phone number ringing at your Skype? Well, you may want your internet-impaired grandmother (are there any left?) to call you without having a computer. Or, if you are an immigrant, you may want to have a phone number in your home country for your friends to call. You may also want people on the road to call you from their cellphones.

The service is 100% free and community-driven. The community will have the opportunity to define the service, record the voice prompts, and decide the countries to add numbers.

One way or another, the service launched this week, and it already has over 2000 users, so it definitely fills a need.