Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype, it has been making improvements in the VoIP software and bundle it into as many products as possible.
Microsoft has also been rolling out promotions regularly with the latest one being the ability for Skype users to make free calls to Skype users, mobiles and landlines for one month.
The free call to mobile phones offer is valid for a number of countries, including Canada, Hong Kong, the USA and Thailand. On the other hand, the free landline calls are available in more than 40 countries, mostly in Europe.
Why Do People Use Skype?
The leading reason why people like using Skype is because they can make free calls to other Skype users. The Skype credit system is the main source of revenue for Skype. By making it possible for Skype users to make free calls to landline and mobile users, Skype is hoping to make users reliant on this new capability and thus be more willing to pay for the service after the first month trial expires.
As it is with any promotion, this one too sounds too good to be true. The catch in this promo is that the promo is only valid for subscribers who have been using the platform for a month. It is rather surprising since most people would think that Microsoft would use this avenue to coerce new customers into signing up for Skype, but this is not the case. For now, people who are accustomed to using Skype are able to enjoy this free month offer.
Signing Up for the Promo
Any Skype user interested in using the free calls to landlines and mobile numbers is expected to sign-up for the same using their credit card details. After the one month offer, the user can choose to cancel the service or accept to be charged. If you have ever used an enticing service, it is easy to forget and it is therefore advisable to set a reminder for the date the free trial expires if you do not want to continue with the service.
What to Bear in Mind
When subscribing for the free one month trial, there are certain points you need to consider.
The free calls offer is only available in certain countries as listed below:
You can make both mobile and landline calls from your Skype account to people in Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Guam, Singapore, Puerto Rico, United States and Thailand.
It is possible to make calls to landline in the following states:
Argentina, Andorra, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Belgium, Colombia (without the rural areas), Chile, Croatia, costa Rica, Czech republic, Estonia, Denmark, France, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Guadeloupe, Indonesia (Jakarta), Iceland, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Israel, Korea, Japan, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, Venezuela and united kingdom.
Each Skype client is only allowed to claim the free subscription once. You will require a broadband –mobile internet or ISP carrier fees may apply.