Skype free for a month

It's about time! Skype is finally offering another free promotion of its VOIP service. From now till... well a month, Skype is offering free calling to a multitude of countries.

The SkypeOut service allows the user to call a landline from their computer. Utilizing a proprietary VOIP protocol based on a Peer-2-Peer architecture, Skype enables users to also chat from computer to computer, including audio, video and text capabilities.

To those that may be uninitiated, Skype is not a fly-by-night organization; it is now the largest international voice carrier. Due to the inherent nature of the Skype protocol, it is neither high-traffic nor overly taxing on typical networks. Any user with a good connection can become a supernode and help distribute traffic. This portability of protocol has enabled Skype to gain the market share it currently holds.

In the past, Skype has offered promotional free periods of its SkypeOut service, so snag this one while you can.

This is the promo link, including the list of countries eligible for the promotion.

And here is a link to the client in case you STILL don't have Skype.

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20 Comments

warwagon said,
So google voice just gets released and now skype comes out with this.

No, this promotion was available at least a couple days before Google made the announcement about Voice to coincide with the World Cup. Check out the eligible countries.

I don't get it. They charge $1 to sign up but say it won't cost anything? Since when is $1 synonymous with "free"?

Steeley said,
I don't get it. They charge $1 to sign up but say it won't cost anything? Since when is $1 synonymous with "free"?
It's just an authorization transaction for $1/€1. They don't actually do a full charge transaction.

LAD said,
It's just an authorization transaction for $1/€1. They don't actually do a full charge transaction.

Still it requires you to have PayPal account or a credit card which I don't have

LAD said,
It's just an authorization transaction for $1/€1. They don't actually do a full charge transaction.

Ahh...thanks for clearing that up

SkyDX said,

Still it requires you to have PayPal account or a credit card which I don't have

There's always a catch, huh?

thatguyandrew1992 said,
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After the first month, you'll be charged our normal subscription rate.
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thanks for pointing it out. genius.

I hate when people offer things free but want my card details.... puts me off. And good point +SkyDX "To qualify for the free trial Skype will authorize your credit card or PayPal account for the nominal amount of £1.00. You will not be charged for this." then why make me go though a dummy transaction. And finally "You can cancel your subscription at any time before the end of your free trial and your payment method will not be charged; otherwise, you will be charged on a monthly basis."

The above final quote should be illegal. But im not flaming it I might well use it but i do begrudge the terms.

Skype will authorize your credit card for the nominal amount of £1 to qualify for this product. You will not be charged for this.
I'm confused, are they gonna charge me £1 or not?

I hate these "promotions" where they are really relying on people forgetting to cancel, or not even realising when they sign up that there is an ongoing monthly charge.

thanks Skype, but NO Thanks.

Uhhh, for those people worrying about the $1 charge, that is nothing to worry about (they say it's just an authorization check). Why do they want to do an authorization check???? So that they can start automatically charging you the FULL MONTHLY FEE in a month's time!!! I hate these sorts of promotions

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