Skype to toll-free numbers even if you don’t have SkypeOut

Skype now allows users to make calls to toll-free numbers in several countries free of charge, even if you don’t have SkypeOut.  You can now call the following countries using toll-free numbers:

  • France: +33 800, +33 805, +33 809
  • Poland: +48 800
  • UK: +44 500, +44 800, +44 808
  • USA: +1 800, +1 866, +1 877, +1 888
  • Why is Skype doing this?  From their website:

    If you’re a Skype user, here’s the deal. You can call the toll-free numbers in many countries even if you haven’t bought SkypeOut and don’t ever plan to. You can also use this to see that SkypeOut works well for you as a sort of “try before you buy at no risk”.

    If you are a company or service provider who provides access to customers over the phone, it means you can accept global toll-free calls from users all over the world using the procedures and phone system that are already in place. (Well… you could do that also using the free Skype-to-Skype calls, but you may not want to, for various reasons. So we don’t push you, we believe in choice. Use whichever is more convenient for you.)

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