Skype Launches Low-Cost Global Calling Plans

Skype on Monday launched an aggressive $9.95-a-month international calling plan for U.S. customers that includes landlines and some cell phone calls to 34 countries. The action by the eBay unit comes just days after eBay's chief executive John Donahoe indicated the auction company will seek to find and improve synergies between the VoIP calling unit and eBay's core auction operation. The Financial Times also reported that Donahoe indicated that eBay would "reassess" Skype if its "synergies" with the auction company aren't strong. When eBay acquired Skype, the auction company envisioned sellers and buyers on its popular auction site calling each other over Skype. That activity never gained traction and eBay subsequently wrote off $1.4 billion of the $4.3 billion it paid for Skype.

Skype has continued to thrive and grow with more than 309 million global subscribers using the system for VoIP phone calls, instant messages, and now video calls. Skype built its success on undercutting the prices of established telecom providers, and the VoIP business is continuing that policy with the $9.95 plan it announced Monday along with a variety of other calling plans among 34 countries. The plans cover most European countries, North America, and many Asian countries. For U.S. subscribers, a $5.95-a-month plan covers all of North America as well as major Mexican cities. Skype currently offers a $3-a-month plan for North American calls.

News Source: Information Week

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Hmm - I guess if they say what they do in the policy, it isnt spyware

http://www.skype.com/legal/privacy/general/#2

2. WHAT INFORMATION DOES SKYPE COLLECT?

Skype may gather and process information about you, including (but not limited to) information in the following categories:

(a) Identification data (name, address, telephone, email address etc.);

(b) Profile information (e.g. age, sex, country of residence etc.) (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE YOUR USER PROFILE – please see article 6 of this Privacy Statement);

© Electronic identification data (addresses IP, cookies, etc.);

(d) Banking and payment information (credit card information, account number, etc.);

(e) Survey result and usage information;

(f) Products or services ordered and delivered;

(g) Video and sound recordings;

(h) List of your contacts;

(i) Traffic data (data processed for the purpose of the conveyance of communications or the billing thereof, including, but not limited to, the duration of the call, the number calling and the number called, etc.).

If you use Skype - dont call me

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Hmm - I guess if they say what they do in the policy, it isnt spyware...

If you use Skype - dont call me

lol. don't call me either! Skype is all hype. I use TrinitiComm (www.triniticomm.com) and they are the bomb! their unlimited international calling plans and phone service is crushing skype and vonage imho. they have true voip phone service with ata's, softphones and all. their price is much better too for all you get. go with them and you won't have to worry about them snooping in your conversations and personal life like Skype and magicJack for 'advertising purposes only'. yeah right. we knew with prices so low it costs users something. my privacy is priceless.

Am... If I remember correctly, it's 2.95 euro for Europe countries. The prices is really amazing, the only problem is that most of the people use mobile phones, not landlines.

When eBay acquired Skype, the auction company envisioned sellers and buyers on its popular auction site calling each other over Skype.

I can definitely see this working, seeing as eBay is still alive and kicking. Wonder what happened