Skype offers free calls to all landline, mobile phones within the US and Canada

“We just announced that SkypeOut is now free within the US and Canada to all landlines and mobiles, until at least the end of 2006. How does this work? If you’re in the US or Canada, you can use SkypeOut to call any landline or mobile number in both the USA and Canada for free. If you’re in the US or Canada and calling any other country, OR if you’re in any other country and calling landline or mobile numbers in the US or Canada, the standard SkypeOut rates apply. Of course, Skype-to-Skype calls continue to be globally free, so no changes there,” Jaanus writes for Skype. “Is it really free? What are the strings attached? Yes. It is really very, very free. There’s no prepayment, no minimum use, no subscription, no monthly fee, no nothing. You just download and install Skype and then you start calling. Both the caller and the number called must be in either the US or Canada. There are no strings attached.”

“The only condition is that we have said free SkypeOut within the US and Canada is guaranteed to last until the end of this year — that is, until December 31, 2006. We’re not quite sure yet what we will do after that. Maybe we extend the free period, maybe not. You’ll hear more about this towards the end of the year,” Jaanus writes. “Until then, happy calling.”

Full article here.

Download link for the free Skype for Mac OS X application here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Les” for the heads up.]

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24 Comments

  1. Holy crap… this works great!!! Just tried it. I’m on all cellphones right now and this is great! Now if we could get the caller ID to work and we could get a plugin so that you can right click a phone number in the address book and have skype dial it….

  2. How is Skype making money? Is there some sort of advertisements that they are getting their cash from? Even if you are using the internet for most of the call somebody has to pay the LEC (Local Exchange Carrier) for the use of their lines once the call gets onto their network. I am all for free telephone calls but there has to be some charge incurred somewhere. How does this charge get paid? Just curious.

  3. Very, very promising. And I was thinking of actually getting a landline too. The quality of the calls is very impressive, about cell phone quality. This is something you guys should look into — for god’s sake, it’s free!

  4. Uhm, to the poster asking about a plugin for rightclick calling from their address book, there is one.

    And, to the question of how this is paid for? Skype is owned by eBay. eBay is trying to get more users, and is willing to pay for it.

  5. Uh, is there any way to activate skypeout without paying the 10 Euro fee to get credits? Not likely I’ll ever call outside the US/Canada, so it would be wasted money….

    TIA!

  6. I’ve been a Skype user for several months, so this is exciting. BUT, I cannot get SkypeOut to work no matter what. The promotional lit says that I have to accept the terms of service in order to get to free US calling, but the TOS page has no transactional form or button.

  7. This may or may not help resolve the above questions but…

    I too was having probelms getting this to work and wondering whether I missed a reg process or something.

    Then I saw on the skype site that you add +1 to the phone number you want to dial (ie +1-555-1000) and hit the green dial button.

    I tried it and it worked (sound quality was lame – but it worked). No need to sign up for anything add’l (ie skypeout) or pay any fees.

    One other note… Skype did ask me to sign-in and the told me that my cookie prefs were wrong (Safari: cookies for “only sites I navigate to”). I temp set them to “any site” logged into Skype, then set tham back again. Don’t know whether that has anything to do w/ anything.

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