okay, you know I'm a Skype junkie. I've had a Skype account for years. My entire business runs because of Skype. If Skype didn't exist, TPN wouldn't exist - it's that simple.
And so today we hear that Skype have finally released Australian SkypeIn numbers, something a lot of us have been waiting for since forever (thanks to Grade A Student for IM'ing me the news). But I went over the buy one and found myself questioning the value. 30 Euro is about $100 Aussie. For a phone number for 12 months. So I've been trying to think about who would use it and why. I've come up with the following scenarios:
1. People who live in Australia who aren't on Skype and don't have my mobile phone number. How would they get my SkypeIn number and not get my mobile?
2. When I'm travelling overseas, and my mobile either doesn't work or I don't want to pay the GNP of a LDC in "roaming" charges (what a frakkin scam that is), I can give people a local Aussie number to call me on, leave voicemail, etc. That's a scenario I can see. But for $100 a year? Perhaps.
3. There's always the option of getting a US/UK number for my many fans who want to call me but, again, aren't on Skype and can't afford to call my mobile internationally. Quite frankly, there aren't many people I want to hear from who fit into those two categories.
So perhaps #2 is worth the spend. Are there other scenarios I'm missing?