Skype, a division of eBay in Northern California, announced that its SkypeOut service would be free in the United States and Canada through the end of the year as a promotion intended to lure new users.
Skype calls from computer-to-computer have been free since the service was launched slightly more than two years ago, but SkypeOut calls routed from computers to land-line or mobile telephones came with fees.
"Millions of consumers around the world are flocking to Skype every month, and we believe free SkypeOut calling will rapidly accelerate Skype adoption in the US and Canada," said Henry Gomez, general manager of Skype North America.
"We're very excited to be bringing Skype's convenience and voice quality to so many people for free."
Expats living outside of the United States need not feel left out of the deal. Although international calls from computer to landline (SkypeOut) are not free, they are relatively cheap, while calls made via computer to computer (Skype) are free.
For more information on Skype and SkypeOut, see the Skype website.
Here, in New Jersey I have a VoIP line from Lingo.com. I love it. unlimited calls to Canada, Mexico, Puerto rico and Western Europe (good for when hubby travels to Sweden and the UK with work) and it's only 20$/month!!!!
And they didn't pay me to say how much I love them.