SkypeOut in America turns into a ‘real’ phone replacement
Many sources were wondering if SkypeOut, currently free in North America, would remain free after January 1st, 2007, when the promotion ends. As expected, it won’t. The softphone company kicks off a new calling plan. Charged.
For $30 a year, Skype users would be offered unlimited calls to landline and mobile phones within the United States and Canada. Mostly for foreigners, about $3 per month would buy unlimited calls to the US and Canada from anywhere in the world.
Skype isn’t a real telephone carrier. It “requires a behavioral change. Consumers have grown quite comfortable using their telephones,” said Jeffrey Halpern, a telecommunications services industry analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. But add the call plan to the Skype promotion for the end of the year, a pack including the SMC WiFi phone and the Fon router for $160, users could find a very interesting alternative plan.
Anyway, it’s all good for Skype. Don Albert, Skype’s general manager for North America, said in an interview that “revenue is back up above where it was pre-promotion, even though we’re giving away all the U.S. and Canada calls.”
Dec 13, 2006 | By Nuno