Skype introduces new subscriptions, expands services to more countries

Summary:Skype is opening its doors up to more customers worldwide tomorrow, with the announcement of new subscription choices and the availability of calling plans to over 170 countries.

Skype is opening its doors up to more customers worldwide tomorrow, with the announcement of new subscription choices and the availability of calling plans to over 170 countries.

The new subscription packages range from 60-minute to unlimited packages in 1-, 3- and 12-month intervals. Skype also boasts that picking up one of these subscriptions will save users up to 60% rather than using the service's pay-as-you-go feature. Plans will start as low as $1.09/€0.89/£0.69, depending on the country you select to call with your subscription.

Skype will apparently become even more user-friendly next week with the release of the Group Calling Feature, which will allows a video call with up to five Skype users participating. It will be free at first, with a fee tagged on later this year.

But still, it's getting pretty cheap and simple to communicate with loved ones without actually seeing them in-person anymore.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration

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