Seems like has gone tits-up out due to a glitch in the software. the latest from the Skype website as of right now:
UPDATED 16 August, 2007 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging in to Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience.
So it’s back to the POTS or cell networks if you want to make a long distance, non-cheap call for 12 hours at best. I’m waiting for the inevitable story in the mainstream press, which will go something like this : “if your primary home service is IP-telephony based, what happens in a pinch if they’re down and 911 isn’t available?” But here’s something sensible that is right on the money (well, I think so at least): If you’ve come to rely on instant messenger or any social networking site for your daily communication needs, you should be multi-threaded. Twitter down? continue on Pownce or Facebook or Gtalk or etc.
That my friends is why the social networking scene isn’t quite as crowded as most people think it is.