News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday December 06, 2012.
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Video-calling service Skype has been rumored to offer video messaging, and recent changes to its terms of service indicate that the new feature may be imminent. IT World discovered the change to the Skype TOS, which now says:
"If you are a Skype Premium subscriber you can ... send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date."
Skype will unveil a new messaging feature that enables users to send pre-recorded video messages to others. Qik, a company that Skype acquired in 2011, has had a similar service that shows personal messages for the times when two users cannot reach each other for a live video call. Members who subscribe to an $8.99 per month Premium plan will be able to send and receive as many messages as they wish, but standard Skype account holders will be limited to an unknown number of messages sent each month. Video Messages sent by non-Premium members will expire after 90 days.
It is not yet known when Skype will debut video messaging, but the change in service makes it appear as though the feature will be unveiled soon. It's possible that this will initially be a desktop-only feature, but Skype may want to add messaging to the list of features introduced in recent updates to its Android, Apple iOS, and Windows Phone 8 apps.source: Skype, via: IT World
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