Skype reports Net phone outage for users

Skype, the popular program that lets its users make long-distance calls using their computers, said Thursday that software problems have left many of its millions of users were without service worldwide.

Skype reports Net phone outage for users
Skype, the popular program that lets its users make long-distance calls using their computers, said Thursday that software problems have left many of its millions of users were without service worldwide.

It was not immediately clear how many users were affected, but Skype users in Colombia, Brazil, Germany, Finland and the United States reported difficulties logging on.

The company, a division of online auction company eBay Inc., said on its Web site many users cannot log on to the free service.

"Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue," according to a site maintained by Skype. "We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours."

Skype urged users to allow the program to continue running and that they would automatically be logged on when the problem is resolved.

Skype, was founded by Niklas Zennstroem and Janus Friis, and uses peer-to-peer technology to connect phone calls, instant messages and videos between its users. It runs on a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, PocketPC and Linux.

Besides computer-to-computer calls, Skype users can also use the program to connect to cell phones and traditional land line telephones.

The company was acquired by eBay in October 2005 for about $2.1 billion.

Agencies
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