4.7 mln users pay for PC-to-phone calling

The number of subscribers to retail VoIP services rose by 83% during 2005, from 10.3 mln at the beginning of 2005 to over 18.7 mln subscribers worldwide by the end of 2005. Point Topic estimated the number of people paying for PC-to-phone calls at 4.7 mln. When combined with the retail VoIP total, this increases the overall VoIP paying subscriber totals to just under 24 mln, compared with 14.4 mln a year previously.

Retail VOIP market
  VOIP users, 000
Region Q4 2005 Q4 2004
Asia Pac 8862 7071
Americas 4583 1389
Europe 5254 1864
Retail VOIP total 18699 10324
Skype, etc 4730 4050
Total 23429 14374
Source: Point Topic