Skype Down Again as users turn to Twitter to Voice Opinion

Posted on Jun 7 2011 - 12:58pm by Richard Sharp

Skype users have once again taken to twitter to report Skype has gone down for the second time within a week. The problem isn’t isolated either, users across the globe are reporting problems and when we checked we were also unable to sign in, for reference gadgets and gizmos is based in the UK.

Unlike last week, Skype has yet to explain the downtime which has left users oblivious as to what has gone wrong. Many have turned to Twitter to share their news, some people seem pretty relaxed about the whole thing, others angry and some tweeps are just searching for a laugh.

@Cynicalgrinch said: “Skype becomes Australian, goes down under”. Which didn’t really point the finger at anybody, although some users area already making the link between Microsoft’s purchase of Skype last month. @ajmunn said “Skype down again. Microsoft, do you need to break everything?”

Others seemed to sympathize with MS, “#skype is completely down again. I do hope Microsoft kept the receipt”. But the comedy moment has to go to @Hamey: “Skype down…maybe they’re updating it to Skype Plus Home Users Basic Advanced Edition, Service Pack 4”.

At this stage it appears as if a large majority of users are facing Skype downtime, although nothing is clear.

If you are facing downtime, feel free to let us know what errors you are facing and where you are in the world below. Also what IM or video calling service are you turning to instead?

Source: Twitter

27 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. John June 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Yeup, down in Aus – just bought 10 GBP of new credit as well – so their billing system is still operational … but no phone calls home tonight. Pretty grueling. For what I need – skype is like my only international mobile, so its pretty debilitating with it switched off.

  2. Tina June 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    If anyone has a better video calling programme, please, please, speak up..

    • Ian June 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Playtesting mo-call at the moment, other than an annoying (low credit – please top up) reminder, it seems to work pretty well.

  3. Andrew June 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Skype is completely down for my whole office and all of my offsite clients in Cape Town, South Africa.

  4. atomekk June 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    @Tina, you could try google talk

  5. RadioNut June 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Yea, been having troubles all day. It's keeps trying to connect online, but then my computer would state that it needs to be shut down. /shrug. Anyways, just relaying what I've experienced.

  6. axel June 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    very down in Barcelona as well

  7. Margot June 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I had a 4AM conference call this morning, things were fine until about 7:30 (Canadian EDT)

    • gadgetsandgizmos June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

      That was roughly the time is went down in the UK too. Seemed to happen all of a sudden, we've tried all the usual tricks to get it working again but had no luck

  8. Geoffrey June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Yep. Down in Ireland too. I'm tempted to shift to Ooovoo…..

  9. Peter Francon June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    It's down in India as well.

  10. doug June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    skype is down for me, ajax, ontario, canada

  11. doug June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    hang on, just came back online….

  12. TAD June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Down in Amsterdam also….it won't connect at all. Very frustrating for working in an international institution.

  13. doug June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    nevermind, out again. I will stop now.

  14. Len June 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Yes – down here too for +- 2 hours now – Mauritius

  15. Baoyu June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    It's down in China, too. And it's not the great firewall this time which is to blame

  16. Steve June 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Down in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

  17. morgan June 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    down in Philippines too

  18. Steve June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Showing back online at 8:36 am EDT (Toronto, Canada) however Echo Sound Test failed on multiple attempts..

  19. Nix June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Down in London. Boo Microsoft

  20. @CDRdatarecovery June 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Phone calls to our SkypeIn phone number are going straight to voice mail, most annoying

  21. @paramess June 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    me too unable to log in to srilanka

  22. @joanc53 June 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    down in the UK, and most of the world, been trying to contact Afghanistan, Sudan, US ahdn Burudni today, managed Almaty for 2 mins then gone again……..

  23. @joanc53 June 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    it is down all over the world, I need to talk to offices in Africa, the Americas and Asia and only managed Burundi first thing this morning, then Almaty for 2 mins! Impossible to the US. Now it keeps flicking in and out, hard to see what is going on. Luckily email is working. Funny how we come to rely on it all now

  24. jl5501 June 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Maybe everyone will switch to ooVoo for video chat

  25. RODMARKER June 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    down in Germany the whole day – right after I had "Forced automatic Update" …. seems MS is taking over

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