Tis the season for sending holiday well wishes to family and friends. Microsoft's Skype division has announced today that in the spirit of the holiday time period, it has launched a new offer that gives anyone one free month of its Premium Skype service.
What does this mean? Basically, this allows Skype users to call any landline phones in 40 countries via their Skype client for free for a month, along with free calls to all mobile phone numbers in seven countries, including the US and Canada.
There is a catch. You do have to provide a credit card number to get the free month. You can cancel within the first 27 days of the free trial to avoid getting charged. If you want to continue using the Premium service, you will be charged $9.99 a month, which is still 50 percent off the normal rate.
In related news, Skype has relaunched its Say it with Skype holiday video greeting app. This allows users to send video holiday cards featuring classic songs from music artists such as Alice Cooper and Boyz II Men. The video above shows an example of the app at work, with UK singer Roxanne Emery giving her particular rendition of Jingle Bells.