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Skype offers a free week for recent outage

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Skype LogoIn response to the recent outage “The people at Skype” have sent out an email in hopes of smoothing things over with their paying customers. They have offered all the Skype Pro, Skype Unlimited, SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail customers an additional week free on their current subscription.

You may or may not know but last week Skype wasn’t available for a couple of days. There were a number of reasons for this and I am delighted to say that the problem is now well and truly sorted and everything is back to normal. For those of you who tried to use Skype during that time but couldn’t, we’re very sorry. For those of you who didn’t try to use Skype – well thankfully you were not affected but we want to reassure everyone that Skype is now working happily and the problem is fixed.

We know we have many faithful users out there who give us feedback (good and bad) on what we’re doing as a company. The Skype community makes us what we are. Without you, our users, we simply wouldn’t exist. We’ve helped people stay in touch with their friends and family over the past four years without any massive hitch and we want it to stay that way.

When the unexpected happens, it’s important to remember the people who stuck behind us and whose loyalty humbled us. I want to thank everyone for their support, patience and being part of the Skype community. And for those of you who missed out on using Skype last week – I want to especially thank you as well.

As a goodwill gesture to all you faithful Skype Pro, Skype Unlimited, SkypeIn or Skype Voicemail customers, we’re adding an additional seven days to your current subscription, free of charge. And even if you didn’t miss out on using Skype last week – you can still have a week free on Skype, on the house!

So please enjoy it, call your loved ones, friends, family and colleagues and thanks again.

Talk soon,
The people at Skype

I think the Skype team has been very upfront with posting updates and by offering the free week of service, but I have seen a few complaints about the gesture also. I am a very light Skype user and may not have even noticed the outage had it not been so newsworthy, based on that I think a week is more than fair. I can understand that for heavy Skype users a week could almost feel like an insult, for some their business relies on Skype.

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