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The numbers are mindboggling -- Skype has nearly 600 million registered users and Facebook has more than 500 million users. The two firms share Marc Andreessen as a board member and that could facilitate any partnership between the two companies.
The vast majority of Skype users call each other free-of-charge, and a deal with Facebook would likely bring revenue to both Skype and Facebook. Skype unveiled a beefed up partnership with Avaya Wednesday as the company pushes to expand its business and paid offerings. Revenue-producing partnerships will polish Skype's IPO, which it unveiled in early August.
According to a Wall Street Journal blog this week, Skype and Facebook are preparing to announce a "significant and wide-ranging partnership that will include integration of SMS, voice chat, and Facebook Connect."
A deal between the two firms could have tremendous possibilities. For example, users could send messages from their Facebook app to their friends individually or broadcast to all of them in a single act.
Skype, which was owned by eBay for years, began to generate some revenue by charging about 2.5 cents a minute for its SkypeOut feature. Another service called SkypeIn enables subscribers to pay a small fee to receive Skype calls.