It was obvious to me in December that EBAY had either not purchased the right company or they had and had failed to execute with the acquisition of Skype. That's why in my (self indulgent) predictions for 2007, I suggested that EBAY would sell the unit. However, things are worse than that. With EABY's listings listless and core revenues a concern to business analysts, the company annouced yesterday that they made a mistake and overpaid for Skype and would take a $1.4billion charge in the third quarter. The purchased the company in 2005 for $2.6billion. Talk about dialing the wrong number.
There is still time for T-Mobile to step in.