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On September 22, 2007, Skype reached its 20 millionth registered user in North America, doubling from 10 million registered users in just over the last 12 months. Or think about it this way – nearly 10 percent of the more than 232 million Internet users in North America have now downloaded and tried out Skype.

In-Stat recently released its U.S. Residential Voice-Over IP Market Dynamics and Market Tracker report. The industry research firm found that Skype had further consolidated its leadership position in the client-based VoIP market during the first quarter of 2007, while the rest of the competitive field basically stalled out. In fact, they found that Skype increased its overall market share from 42 percent at the end of Q1 2006 to 47 percent at the end of Q1 2007. Simultaneously, Skype’s penetration among households with client-based VoIP accounts increased over the last 12 months from 61 percent to 92 percent.

As you’ll recall, Skype announced this past May that it would begin selling Skype Certified™ devices and accessories and pre-paid Skype cards in more than 1,800 Wal-Mart stores throughout the U.S. After a little more than one quarter, Skype and Wal-Mart have jointly decided to expand this program to an additional 1,600 stores. Now, Skype gear is available in more than 3,400 Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

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