Skype Launches $9.95 Plan for Unlimited Foreign Calls

Flat rate covers calls to 34 countries
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2008 7:48 AM CDT
Internet calling provider Skype is introducing its first plan for unlimited calls to overseas phones for $9.95 per month.    (AP Photo/Wolfram Steinberg, file)
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(Newser) – Internet calling system Skype is introducing a plan for unlimited overseas phone calls for $9.95 a month, CNET reports. The plan includes 34 European and Far Eastern countries, along with Australia and New Zealand—but the deal is limited to landlines except for calls to cell phones in Canada, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The plan also includes unlimited domestic calls in the US.

Skype, a unit of eBay, is already offering unlimited calls in the US and Canada for $2.95 a month, and plans to offer unlimited calls to key Mexican cities for $5.95. The new offerings demonstrate that eBay, despite some concerns about the call provider, is giving it a chance to prove its worth, say analysts.