Skype Groans & SIPphone Gains

It has been a day from hell for Skype fans and Skype, the company. The outages have impacted many. Skype’s misfortune turned out to be a boon for SIPphone.

The company saw a 400% increase in traffic this morning, with 4 times increase in sales, calls and downloads of its Gizmo Project software. “It is interesting to see that voice callers are transitory,” Michael Robertson, founder, SIPphone wrote in an email.

Meanwhile on the Skype outage front, we spoke to a Skype spokesperson and she said that the crew is working hard to get the service back by August 17th. Skype Journal is keeping tabs and says tht about 2.5 million Skypers are back online.

Skype spokeswoman also clarified the problem was not with either the Microsoft updates or with the Skype P2P architecture.

The Skype system has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack. We love our customers too much to let that happen. This problem occurred because of a deficiency in an algorithm within Skype networking software. This controls the interaction between the user’s own Skype client and the rest of the Skype network.

Meanwhile, my sources say that one of the reasons it is taking so long for the service to come back is the Skype might be trying to restore the services from the most recent version of its database. We will keep you posted. you can also check the Skype blog for latest updates.