Skype Down as Bug Hits Internet Phone Service

Business | August 17, 2007, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

A software glitch cut the access of millions of users to the popular Skype Internet telephony service, leaving them unable to login.

The bug, which exists in all versions of the Skype client published since 2003, has only surfaced on Thursday.

The company said on its website on Friday that it continued to work on solving the issue, with some of its users already able to use their services.

The problem hit as many as 220 million users of the service, many of them small businesses that have given up their landlines, The New York Times said.

Skype is the leading provider of voice over IP protocol telephony in the world and is owned by online trading firm Ebay.

The service allows its users to make calls via the Internet - free of charge to other Skype members and charging small fees to call landline or mobile numbers.
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