Skype is known for its video and audio calling features, which extends to making actual phone calls with the help of Skype credit. The feature however isn’t as economical as your regular cell phone plans (in some cases) and not as convenient either. But here’s an offer you just can’t refuse. Well, Skype is now offering free calls to mobiles and landlines in certain countries for a month. Yes, that’s free “unlimited” Skype calling for a month. However, the promotion isn’t without certain terms and conditions.
Firstly, the user cannot actually make unlimited calls as Skype’s fair usage policy applies. It is mentioned that the user can make free unlimited calls of up to $13.99 for a month. So there’s a cap after all. Secondly, the offer is valid only in select countries and not all over the world. Also, the user needs to be an existing user of Skype for at least a month (29 days) and redeem the offer by today i.e. November 15 to avail the benefits of this new promotion. And lastly, the user needs to provide credit card credentials so as to avail this offer. No money will be deducted unless the user opts to continue the Skype service after the promotion expires. The user has to manually cancel the plan after 27 days if he/she doesn’t wish to continue with Skype credit. It’s a fairly simple deal, and one which you won’t see always. It seems like Skype wants to lure users into buying credits in the future and not just confine Skype to being a free IM service. Sadly though, users in certain Asian countries are bound for disappointment as Skype isn’t including those countries in the list. Regardless, a vast majority of European countries have been included along with the U.S, Canada and UK. The promotion isn’t valid for the users in Korea, Taiwan, China and Russia. However, users from other countries can make calls to these nations.
Users can call mobiles and landlines in these countries: United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, Hong Kong S.A.R. China, Thailand, Singapore.
And landline calls to these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg only), Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Venezuela
Ever since Skype was acquired by Microsoft, there wasn’t much noise being made. But with Skype’s integration with the new Windows Phone 8 OS, the acquisition made a whole lot sense. This promotion will definitely attract a lot of customers. And if you’re one of those who doesn’t have a Skype ID yet, now might be the right time to get one so as to avail any future offers.