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Skype offers free calls to landlines and mobiles

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posted on May, 16 2006 @ 08:13 AM
Just a note for all the Skype users on ATS, you can now make free calls to landbased and mobile phones in the US and Canada!

While PC to PC calls have always been free, you were still required to purchase Skype credits to make calls to landbased and mobile phones. Under the current promotion all Skype users in the US and Canada are able to make Free calls to both landlines and mobiles, at least until the end of the year.

Skype launches free calls promotion in US and Canada

16 May 2006 -
Skype hoping to boost its popularity in the US and Canada has introduced free calls to traditional landlines and mobile phones.

In a move that is likely to strike fear in telecoms companies across the continent Skype customers can now make free SkypeOut calls to traditional landline and mobile phones in the US and Canada.

Previously, Skype users in both countries were required to pay for Skype calls from their PCs to traditional telephones. Free SkypeOut calls to the US or Canada will be available to US and Canadian-based Skype users until the end of the year.

The company said the move was to "increase penetration in North America and solidify Skype’s position as the Internet’s voice communication tool of choice."

If you are not a current Skype user, now might be a good time to give this service a try. All that is required is installation of the free Skype software and a broadband Internet connection. (a 33.6 dialup connection is the stated minimum, but performance can be sketchy at times)

Unlike other instant messaging programs, which offer audio, video and text-based chat, Skype also gives you the ability to make calls to landbased and mobile phones using VoIP technology. Users can make local or long distance calls to most anyone in the continental US and Canada. Free, until the end of this year.

Save money on those long distance bills, folks!

Note to ATS members in the UK.

No word as yet to whether or not the UK will be getting the same deal anytime soon.

posted on May, 16 2006 @ 08:18 AM

I live in the UK, would be very nice if it applied here too.

Skype can be sometimes worrying.... Especially when you get some German guy with his display picture as him naked sitting at his computer adding you...

posted on May, 16 2006 @ 08:24 AM
Do not tell everyone, but....

Though I do not totally agree with the "passe'" atitude of this article, it may have some relevance for those who are upset by the NSA eavesdropping:
Skype Use May Make Eavesdropping Passe

I use Skype quite a bit in keeping in touch with International Relations academics worldwide. Very nice and useful application.


posted on May, 16 2006 @ 05:55 PM
On an unrelated note ... AIM is now offering free phone numbers. Catch is, only incomming calls are free. This coupled with skype's offer for the rest of the year = free phone service.

My AIM number is 508-455-9015. If I answer with joe's porn shop ... just hang up and forget the number o.0

posted on Dec, 27 2006 @ 01:43 PM
free calls to land based lines anywhere in the continental US.

Friends, Family, Long lost whatevers?

"tis' the season ... and all that"

A mic and an internet connection are the only requirements.

If you're reading this you're halfway there already.

for those without a mic ... any set of headphones will typically suffice when plugged into the mic jack.

On a side note:
Friends and family may tend to inquire as to why you're talking into your headphones.
*imagine that*

[edit on 12/27/2006 by 12m8keall2c]

posted on Dec, 27 2006 @ 01:53 PM
Yes - Skype is great. I'm in the Seattle area and with a good friend in the UK, one in Maine and one in the LA area, we can all talk for free using our computers.

I have an older G4 MAC and all I needed was this little thingy and some headphones with a microphone and I was ready.

I'm not promoting either device but for those like me who needed some help figuring out how to make Skype work on an older computer, I thought this would be helpful.


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