Skype have announced that from today, they are to offer unlimited international calling from the USA for just $9.95 per month. The offer only applies to U.S. users who will be able to make unlimited calls to landlines in 34 countries worldwide and even cell phones in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Skype have already been offering U.S. users unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada for $3 a month and is also expanding that deal with another plan for $5.95 per month which offers free calls to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Although unlimited international calling is nothing new – Vonage and cable companies have been offering such deals for a while now – it is the cheapness of the Skype deals that’s really impressive. Such an aggressive marketing move surely has something to do with the economic problems the VoIP service has suffered recently. Skype’s owners eBay have seen $1.4 billion wiped off the value of the $4.3 billion price it was valued at last year due to its declining profitability. As the Financial Times reports, eBay are even considering selling Skype with eBay’s new owner John Donahue saying:
What we’re testing this year are the synergies. If the synergies are strong, we’ll keep it in our portfolio. If not, we’ll reassess it.
To purchase an unlimited calling subscription, simply go to Skype subscriptions for more details. If you purchase one of the new subscriptions for a 3-month or 12-month period before June 1st 2008, you will receive a further 33% discount.