Wherever you may roam, Skype makes it cheaper
Skype, an Internet telephone company, released two new premium services today as downloads of Skype software reach 100 million.
The services, named SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail, which are available for a monthly fee, allow users to avoid roaming charges any where in the world (insert Scooby Doo style “really?!!!” here), and check up to 10 minutes of voicemail.
With SkypeIn, incoming calls are routed through the Skype client and can be received by customers anywhere in the world without roaming charges. SkypeIn customers choose a country and area code and are assigned a regular telephone number, and can receive calls at home, at the office or at a hotel anywhere. Users may purchase up to three numbers from their home country in Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Until now, Skype users had to be connected to the internet to receive calls.
“Skype is setting new standards for modern communications by expanding premium services that extend Skype portability, mobility and ubiquity across a variety of platforms, including the traditional phone network,” said Niklas Zennstrm, Skype CEO and co-founder.
Three month SkypeIn subscriptions are available for $13 and 12 month subscriptions for $39. Skype Voicemail subscriptions are available for $7 for 3 months or $19 for 12 months, and a free subscription is included with all SkypeIn orders.