Skype Announce Launch Of New Subscriptions

Skype has announced a raft of new monthly subscription offers which promise to offer their cheapest call charges yet and a new group video feature across 170 countries.

Another new offering is that Nokia users will now be able to make free Skype-to-Skype calls on their phones as well as reduced rate calls to both mobiles and home phone lines.

One subscription package lets users call from Skype to a mobile or landline virtually anywhere in the world from as little as £0.01 per minute. This subscriptions costs only £0.69 and will be available from tomorrow - May 6th.

General manager of Skype's Consumer Business Unit, Neil Stevens said that these new packages would be "massively disruptive to the telco market".

He stated in a press interview earlier this week: "This is groundbreaking in terms of prices. We have moved from covering 40 countries in our subscription packages to more than 170 - all while offering up to 60 per cent savings on our pay as you go rate per minute. Previously you couldn't use our paid subscription service to call mobile phones, the prices were higher and it only covered 40 countries - with prices differing between each country.

"We are now covering every country except those from which we are banned - like north Korea."

He concluded: "People around the world can now have the simplicity and flexibility to call almost any phone in the world for less."

Skype has reassured users that they can continue to call mobile phones and landlines globally without subscriptions by purchasing 'Skype Credit' as normal.

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