Looking at more slides from the eBay presentation to investors about the Skype acquisition, we can glean more information about where eBay wants to take their new prize. And where they want their new prize to take them in return.
Doesn't appear eBay will mess with the Skype-to-Skype free call model. But eBay doesn't spend money recklessly. They have ideas. They have a plan.
Wanna know more? Let's get busy:
Looks like eBay wants to keep Skype-To-Skype calls free, but is looking at third-party "expressive content" and other, as yet unspecified "voice services" as revenue generators.
eBay also seems to value Skype for their worldwide presence, and the opportunity to capitalize on that presence in "emerging markets" for "cross-border trade."
Makes sense- eBay seems enchanted with the minimum capital expenditure the existing Skype network has for existing and expanded services that will provide "Outstanding cash generation capability."
Now, we get it:
Skype will be eBay's communication channel to invite other users to eBay, who will invite other users, yada, yada.
eBay will be the place where sellers go because that's where the buyers are. And vice-versa.
More sellers will offer (eBay-owned) PayPal, and because of that- you'll never guess- more buyers will use PayPal, too!