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Skype Offers Unlimited International Calling Plan
U.S. Skype users can call landline customers in 34 countries...
by Karl Bode 10:35AM Monday Apr 21 2008 Tipped by FFH5 See Profile
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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.

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Anonymous_
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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

lg75

join:2003-01-31
Bronx, NY

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.

Re: that is not in us $

so... its not unlimited...

koolman2
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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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Anonymous_
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it shows E for euros

lg75

join:2003-01-31
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Re: that is not in us $

said by Anonymous_:

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

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

mikes60
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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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smcallah

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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.

David_
La vida es bella

join:2001-01-28
chile

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 .
smcallah

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

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

phone user

@shawcable.net
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.
smcallah

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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.
eakenn

join:2005-02-20
Winter Park, FL

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.

floepie

join:2005-12-01
?? 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.

NJALondon

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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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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.

supergirl

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Pensacola, FL

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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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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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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blueOne
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join:2002-12-23
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Re: Had It

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

join:2003-04-01
Auburn, WA

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.

swhitney2003
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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

Re: Had It

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.

tropi

@speakeasy.net
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.
blacksurfer

join:2002-07-14
Sherman Oaks, CA

Re: Had It

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