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Comments on news posted 2008-04-21 10:35:06: [att=1299593,r]Skype today announced that the company has started offering unlimited overseas calling for $9.95 per month (it appears their chart is wrong, since €6.95=$11, yet most outlets are reporting the deal as $9.95). ..



Anonymous_
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2 edits

that is not in us $

that is not in us $

it's more like $15.8499 in USD

or 11.0679 if going by E6.95

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
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Not cheap on the other end though...

I have seen a lot of these services popping up for unlimited International calls, and they are great if you're the one calling, I suppose. Until your friends and family in the country you're calling want to kill you for running up their per-minute landline with your call.

With most of the countries you can call with these unlimited plans, you can only call the landline numbers, which get charged by the minute on the receiving end at a ridiculous amount. The cellphones in those countries however are not charged extra per-minute for receiving international calls, and thus are not allowed in these unlimited plans.

Just thought I should point that out. It's not the case with every country, but it is for most.


lg75

join:2003-01-31
Bronx, NY
reply to Anonymous_

Re: that is not in us $

Ok, I'm not sure where you see that it isn't $9.95. It clearly says it's US$9.95. However, the part you must pay attention to is their definition of "Unlimited".

The offer:
Unlimited World
$9.95/month
Unlimited calls to landlines* in 34 countries worldwide.

The fine print:
* The legal bit – as part of our fair usage policy you’ll get up to 10,000 calling minutes per month.

so... its not unlimited...


NJALondon

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re

Could you provide details of a country anywhere in the world where subscribers are charged for receiving a landline call, becausae I've never heard of it. The only time I've heard of people paying to recieve a call are in certain countries that have "called party pays" mobile telephones.


morbo
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join:2002-01-22
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skype could do it...


skype has the largest user base to really change the voice field. it's the ACTUALLY CHANGING that they have been having trouble with.


en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA

Skype works well

I've been using it for almost 2 years now, for $3/month (paid $36/year) for unlimited Canada/US calling with video conferencing, its a decent deal. Calls work pretty good for me.
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David_
La vida es bella

join:2001-01-28
chile
reply to smcallah

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

that doesnt apply to all the countries in the list , at least here in Chile ALL incoming calls are free (landline and cellphone calls) and the same in New Zealand.

Woohoo, now time to get me a decent skype phone .


n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

Had It

I had SkypeOut for one year during 2007 when they had the $14.95 promotional offer. It worked well enough but I was not using it enough to justify ponying up $36 for 2008.
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supergirl

join:2007-03-20
Pensacola, FL
reply to morbo

Re: skype could do it...

said by morbo:

skype has the largest user base to really change the voice field. it's the ACTUALLY CHANGING that they have been having trouble with.
Well, of owner Ebay would sell it to Google then everyone on Skype could say, "Yahoo!" about Skype.
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blueOne
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join:2002-12-23
Alameda, CA
reply to n2jtx

Re: Had It

Hey, why not fix caller id in the states??

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home
reply to David_

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

Yeah, that's why I said MOST, never said ALL...

JerryTongue

join:2003-04-01
Auburn, WA
reply to blueOne

Re: Had It

If your with Comcast they will just give you dropped connections all the time anyways. I use to use skype all the time with friends and family until Comcast got into doing the stuff they do with there customers, havent even tried going back to use it anymore. Was a very good service though I thought.


phone user

@shawcable.net
reply to smcallah

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

That is totally incorrect.

I dont think there is one country on the face of the earth, that charges for incoming calls on landlines.

I mainly make calls to the UK and they just call me back as its free for them. A lot of people there are on the talk talk service. Which is $ 42 USD includes POTS line, unlimited calling to 36 countries and dsl up to 8meg.


Anonymous_
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reply to lg75

Re: that is not in us $

it shows E for euros


lg75

join:2003-01-31
Bronx, NY
said by Anonymous_:

it shows E for euros
It shows $ for dollars...

»www.skype.com/allfeatures/subscr···daworld/


mikes60
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reply to Anonymous_
Their chart isn't wrong. You are assuming that they are just converting Euros to Dollars.

They have obviously just created different price points for the USA market.
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swhitney2003
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NH

1 edit
reply to JerryTongue

Re: Had It

I frequently Skype (using Comcast) all the time with friends and family... who also have Comcast. I have never had a problem.

JerryTongue

join:2003-04-01
Auburn, WA
well we have issues and it's not a firewall issue but being your with Comcast and works ok then I guess I should retract my statement.

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home
reply to phone user

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

No, it's true.

Just because you don't know doesn't make it incorrect. So please don't comment on it.

Do you call anyone in Sweden? Sweden is at least one country that charges incoming calls on the landlines when called internationally. But mobile calls are not charged extra incoming.


tropi

@speakeasy.net
reply to n2jtx

Re: Had It

i had skype

for me:

skype to skype calls were free and high quality - was impressed

skype to regular cell phone - quality was very different, very low quality. I couldn't use it.


koolman2
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Anchorage, AK

1 edit
reply to the_dictionary

Re: that is not in us $

said by the_dictionary :

so... its not unlimited...
10,000 minutes is roughly 5 hours per day. I don't think it's going to be an issue.
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eakenn

join:2005-02-20
Winter Park, FL
reply to smcallah

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

Actually, I call Sweden quite often. I've also lived in Europe and have been to many countries in Europe and I have never heard of anyone being charged for incoming calls on their landlines.

I talked to my friend in Sweden for more than 2 hours sometimes (I usually call about 3x per month) and they have never once said that they are worried about their phone bill because I am the one calling them.

As for cell phones in Europe, the caller pays.

blacksurfer

join:2002-07-14
Sherman Oaks, CA
reply to tropi

Re: Had It

I paid $36 for another year of unlimited skype, but they're charging per minute now in the US!


floepie

join:2005-12-01
reply to smcallah

Re: Not cheap on the other end though...

?? This was the case a long time ago - not anymore. Furthermore, you can't call mobile numbers for "free" on this plan because those countries in which you are charged extra for these calls have adopted "Caller Party Pays", unlike what exists in the US, Canada, China, and other places.