Communication Software & Hardware Technology

Skype offers charged call service

skype-logoFor the likes of my mate Paul, something like this might just be very interesting. He and a friend are working their way towards self-employment, and as IT support people, charging for their time is a must.

So using something like Skype Prime to charge for their support expertise over the phone, as it were, would be a boon:

Skype rolled out Skype Prime, a new service that lets people charge for Skype voice and video calls. Users set the fees they want to charge, on a per-minute or per-call basis. Skype charges the paying side via their Skype credit, and then pays the money out, minus a 30% fee, via PayPal (Skype’s sister company).”

There are however other industries that would benefit greatly from such a service, but I won’t go into that.

Or, maybe I will.

You see, the thing is, these guys are the pioneers of this industry. Those saucy chat lines have proven that there’s a business model that can potentially generate a lot of money for other industries.

Now granted, these guys have a very specific service to offer that’s always going to be in demand. Tastes, such as they are can be satisfied by any number of means, not least a dirty conversation with a woman.

But the underlying service is very, very simple: phone lines with a woman on the end of each.

Now, things have suddenly got much simpler and cheaper: one phone line, a decent broadband connection, a copy of Skype and a headset for each woman.

Transpose this business set-up across to the industry of your choice and the possibilities are immense.

And who said talk is cheap?

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By Wayne Smallman

Wayne is the man behind the Blah, Blah! Technology website, and the creator of the Under Cloud, a digital research assistant for journalists and academics.

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