According to Spyke, it plans to confirm a strategic partnership with Facebook in the coming weeks and it will work with Avaya to distribute affordable VoIP solutions for business users. According to respected technology journalist, Om Malik from Gigaom, who wrote on the possibility of a contract, users would see Facebook acquire Skype in an all-stock purchase.
The contract shows that even though Ebay tried to introduce itself by obtaining the company many years ago and pushing it down its priority list subsequently.
According to Malik, the management team at Spyke is currently laser-focused on making sure that the VoIP service is present on as many platforms as possible, as quickly as possible, knowing that Google, with Voice, may be a ferocious competitor.
Facebook will receive some serious firepower when it purchases Spyke. Skype is one of the few companies in the world which is able to match Facebook’s number of registered owners and the number of installed Skype customers not only on desktop but also in mobile handsets, is certainly nearer to one billion than to 500 million. Owning to Spyke’s stickiness and its sheer size, it is making good money from what is essentially a freemium service. A nuber of customers would be glad to see a deal. Moreover, Marc Andreessen would be one of them and Hong-kong Billionaire Li Ka-Shing, who has vested interest in Facebook and Skype, and being the other big fish in the pond.