Skype, the Internet telephony darling, has announced a very inexpensive unlimited plan today. For $9.95 a month, callers from the U.S. will be able to dial landlines in 34 countries including most of Europe, Canada, and Asian countries. The only caveat – these calls must be to landlines. Mobile phone calling under this plan is available to Canada, China, and Hong Kong, where presumably mobile termination rates are cheap enough to be feasible under this plan.
Additionally, unlimited domestic calls to the U.S. are included in this new $9.95/month plan. The plan introduced today is somewhat similar to one offered to U.S. and Canada customers which included unlimited calling in those countries for $29.95/year.
If you do business with those outside the country and routinely need to call internationally to the countries in the Unlimited Word Plan, it might be worth your while. This plan, paired with a Skype cordless phone would make for an excellent, inexpensive calling plan for your needs. As an added bonus, this plan is month-to-month and if you move to a different country, Skype likely has a plan for that geography that you can transfer to.
Skype has been in the news lately due to their solid earnings, despite parent company eBays lackluster fiscal results. eBay is evaluating its options with the service, including a potential sale of Skype.
Here are addional details about the newly announced calling plan.
Unlimited U.S. & Canada: Unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada. ($2.95 per month)
· Unlimited Mexico: Unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada, and to landlines in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey; up to 80% off normal SkypeOut rates to landlines in the rest of Mexico and up to 40% off normal SkypeOut rates to all Mexico cell phones. ($5.95 per month)
· Unlimited World: Unlimited calls to landline and cell phones in 34 countries*, including the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey; up to 80% off normal SkypeOut rates to the rest of Mexico landlines and up to 40% off normal SkypeOut rates to all Mexico cell phones.($9.95 per month)
Unlimited calling is subject to Skype’s fair usage policy. Calls to premium, non-geographic and other special numbers are excluded.
Each subscription also includes a Skype To Go number, which lets users make international calls at local rates from a cell phone or landline phone. A user dials an assigned access number and the call is connected by Skype to overseas numbers. Calls are charged at standard Skype calling rates.