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How Skype Can Help Your Business

With better quality and features, Skype takes VoIP to a new level.

This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The math is mind-boggling: Two years plus 200 million downloads of 's voice client equals 60 million registered users. Like pre- search engines, PC-to-PC phone calling had been around for years, but was headed nowhere in particular before Skype. Today, new features make Skype ready to handle your business calls--and much more.

Version 1.4 of Skype's tiny voice applet achieves better-than-landline call quality and adds free call forwarding--a critical feature for business callers, who make up a quarter of all Skype users. You don't have to be logged in to a computer anymore, either: Just have your incoming Skype calls ring on any three landlines or mobile phones simultaneously.

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