I just received this message from Skype:
Calls to friends and family on Skype have always been free. Now we’ve made calls within the US and Canada to all phones totally free till the end of the year. Starting from today it doesn’t matter if it’s a Skype-to-Skype call or a call to landline or mobile phone – it’s free as long as you’re calling from within the US or Canada to US or Canadian phone number.
Previously, anyone with Skype, a computer program that uses a microphone and speakers to function as a phone, could call anyone who also had the software for free or pay a small amount to call someone who has only a regular telephone (land line or cell phone).
I installed and removed Skype some time ago without giving it much of a thought. This promotion may cause me to consider reinstalling the software. I can’t imagine paying for calls once the promotional period ends, however.
Updated September 14, 2011 and originally published May 15, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.