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EBay is reportedly in talks to buy VoIP innovator Skype Technologies in a deal that could be worth as much as US$3 billion. One analysts says the deal could immediately help the company leverage its base of loyal users to extend its reach well beyond e-commerce. Reports today indicate that eBay was in talks to buy Skype, whose person-to-person (P2P) software is used to enable Internet-based phone calls.
I'm very dejected that the comments are subject to the editorial review before being posted. Ebay time has gone as regards to its core business which is letting the people sell their products on internet. People have begun to scam. Scammers are contacting bidders and making fraudulent offers. They are sending offers to loosing bidders without having any products to sell and then sending them bogus checks. Even certified checks are bogus. Then they send checks in excess of the checks they are supposed to send and asking people for a refund. Since the checks are bogus people are loosing heavy amounts. This scam is rising in the amount. This is going to kill the E-bay.
That is why E-bay is getting in to other businesses that have nothing to do with the e-commerce. I consider the business of producing mobile communication devices to be a fraud. Originally the cellular phone businesses made low end phones. The customers for these products were the cellphone services that bought low end phones for rock bottom prices that did not allow the cellphone makers to make profits on the sale of cellphones. So they started making high end expensive communication devices. I think Skype is such a business and I think it is misguided and will backfire when people get the message I'm trying to spread that telephone makers are out to get the users of telephone service.
There is an alternative to the production of expensive telephones. It is the funding of an alternate internet service that could be the accessed by the use of the hand held mobile devices that don't require the use of 802.11 chips or the wi-fi hot spots. Presently these devices can only send e-mails using the account of a particular e-mailo service. But the rewriting of the code for the delivery of an internet service ,that is server oriented, will enable a cellphone to access the web without owning a laptop. This approach wilol enable the cellphone makers to sell their low end cellphones directly to the cellphone service users at higher prices. This approach is discussed at
and the time has come to pay attention to this approach.
I can't help thinking this is some kind of communications ploy by the baby bells, their lobbying interest that also lobby various governments around the world to stifle open and free communications. Already, or coincidentally a large China telecom wants it banned. They probably had no idea how big Skype was until the EBAY story broke, Geee whiz, I wonder what their interest could be, along with their or our governments? (taxes on your phone bills?) Governments by and large genuinely dislike open and free communications, they would rather control all communication if possible. Not to be a conspiracy monger, but I'm seeing all telecoms working together to maintain their interest$, even e-commerce that wants to expand in places like China. Oh and many of the telcos also are dead set against wi-fi ing whole cities, Geee I just don't get it ? hmmmmm ;->