Skype announces new monthly subscriptions

Calling plans offer savings up to 60% compared to Skype’s standard Pay As You Go rates

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Skype announces new monthly subscriptions Skype calling plans offer users savings up to 60% compared to standard Pay As You Go rates.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  May 8, 2010

Skype now offers monthly subscription packages to its users that offer savings of up to 60% compared to its standard Pay As You Go rates.

Skype has started rolling out calling plans to more than 170 countries globally, with subscriptions starting from as little as €0.89* ($1.09) per month and rates as low as €0.01 ($.01) per minute to almost any destination worldwide.

"Skype's new monthly subscriptions lower the cost of international calling and make it simple to choose the plan that best meets your needs," said Neil Stevens, GM of Skype's Consumer Business Unit. "People around the world can now have the simplicity and flexibility to call almost any phone in the world for less."

The new subscriptions allows users to customise their calling plan in three simple steps - selecting the countries they wish to call, deciding whether they want to call cellphones, landlines or both, and finally choosing between 1-month to 12-month plans or 60 minutes to ‘unlimited' options.

Calling through Skype now accounts for 12% of the world's international calls according to TeleGeography Research but access to the site varies across the Middle East, with restrictions in place for people residing in Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently clarified voice calls provided by Skype are considered a 'regulated activity' and that anyone using the software will be held accountable by law, putting an end to a long drawn-out debate on its legality in the country.

2401 days ago
D. Frampton Edited by ITP.net

Skype accounts for 12% of the worlds international calls? That's a pretty impressive figure considering that access to Skype is limited across a large portion of the Middle East. Hopefully, as it continues to grow in popularity throughout the Middle East, regulations won't get in the way and restrict it's progress. Businesses and communities could stand to benefit so much from what Skype and other VoiP services have to offer. With any luck, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority will realize this and start supporting it's progress rather than impeding it.

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