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Skype also offers a Skype Wi-Fi Phone, which is a wireless mobile phone that allows users to make Skype calls, using a wireless Internet connection.The Skype Wi-Fi Phone has an on-screen menu that lets Skype users see who is online and available to talk, similar to what is seen on a PC. Skype Out minutes can be used to call any phone for a low price and no monthly fee.Skype allows the creation of video conference calls. Much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number.At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015.Nimbuzz made Skype available to Black Berry users and Fring provided mobile video calling over Skype as well as support for the Android platform.Skype disabled Fring users from accessing Skype in July 2010.) is an application that provides video chat and voice call services.
Third-party developers, such as Truphone, Nimbuzz, and Fring, previously allowed Skype to run in parallel with several other competing Vo IP/IM networks (Truphone and Nimbuzz provide Truphone Out and Nimbuzz Out as a competing paid service) in any Symbian or Java environment.
Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011 for .5 billion.
Skype division headquarters are in Luxembourg but most of the development team and 44% of all the division's employees are still situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.
Before and during the Microsoft acquisition, Skype withdrew licensing from several third parties producing software and hardware compatible with Skype.
The Skype for Asterisk product from Digium was withdrawn as "no longer available for sale".The usual features familiar to instant messaging users—user profiles, online status indicators, and so on—are also included. Skype In, service allows Skype users to receive calls on their computers dialed by conventional phone subscribers to a local Skype phone number; local numbers are available for Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.