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7.3. SkypeOut

July 24, 2004, was the day the Skype users of the world could connect to the non-Skype users. SkypeOut, their name for calling traditional telephone numbers, went live that day. Before SkypeOut's first birthday, the service had over a million paying customers.

This step required Skype to get involved with traditional telephone suppliers. They leveraged the modern expertise of Level 3, Cable and Wireless, and other global telecom suppliers who all connect to phone networks all over the world.


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