Voice Over IP Service Skype Adds Voicemail

Skype on Monday added Skype Voicemail to the options available to the more than 1.5 million premium subscribers of its Voice Over IP (VoIP) service. Available as a Beta release since April, Skype Voicemail allows users to leave unlimited messages for other Skype customers, as well as receive messages up to 10 minutes long from any caller. Users can also send pre-recorded messages to other Skype users, whether or not they have Skype voicemail too, and set answering preferences and customize their greetings.

Skype Voicemail is US$7 for three months or $19 for a one-year subscription. The service claims more than 42 million registered users and offers SkypeOut, which enables users to call normal phones, and SkypeIn, which lets them receive calls from ordinary phones. System requirements call for a G3 or better processor, Mac OS X v10.3, 128MB RAM, 20MB free hard drive space, a microphone and a 33.6Kbps or faster Internet connection.