If Skype keeps giving things away that can't help them ever reach earnout. And that can't be pleasing the boys in London very much.
Today they announced a deal with Vapps to provide free conference calling for up to 500 participants. According to some Silicon Valley sources Meg Whitman and Niklas Zennstrom seem to be in totally different places on where to take Skype directionally. If as I've heard this would support the concept that earnout will never be reached.
The idea of free as a sampling tool is something I usually support, but I do always get concerned about companies that think that all free converts to paid. In my view the "free loaders" just move to another place to find what they don't want to pay for but choose to use.