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