Last week on Pocket-lint we reported how Skype experienced major issues and went down worldwide for a number of hours, and now, prepare to be frustrated once more - the VoIP service seems to have crashed again.

A quick check on Twitter reveals that the downtime is global, although Skype has yet to confirm anything on its blog, or via its Twitter page - so let's hope that the problem is minor and the outage temporary.

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At the time of writing there were almost 24 million people signed into Skype, so that's a whole lot of moolah Microsoft is missing out on - the tech giant bought out the service back in May for a whopping $8.5 billion.

Whilst the communication platform is down, people (including the Pocket-lint) team are having to resort to using old fashioned communication methods like emailing. It's all very 1999.

Update: Skype has admitted the problem on Twitter, stating: "A small number of you may have problems signing in to Skype. We’re investigating the cause, and hope to have more details to share soon."

Update 2: From Skype's Peter Parkes: "A configuration problem has meant that some of you have been disconnected from Skype.

"We've identified the cause of the problem, and have begun to address it. If you've been affected, you should start to see improvement in the next hour or so. You shouldn't need to manually sign back in to Skype - it should reconnect automatically when it's able to do so.

"We apologise for the disruption to your conversations."

Pocket-lint is now back online with Skype.....we think.

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