U.S. Skype users can call landline customers in 34 countries...
by Karl Bode 10:35AM Monday Apr 21 2008 Tipped by FFH5
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). According to the press release, users in the U.S. can call landline customers in 34 different countries, including China, Australia and Signapore. The plan restricts U.S. Skype users in that they can only call cellphone customers in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore as part of the offer.
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.
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.
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.
?? 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.
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.
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. -- Saving the world keeps me busy. However, I find Earth very primitive from my home planet of Krypton. -Supergirl
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. -- Canada = Hollywood North
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. -- I support the right to keep and arm bears.
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.