Happy 1st birthday SkypeOut! The present: lower prices.
It’s the first birthday of SkypeOut today. As [the news from a year ago](http://www.skype.com/company/news/2004/skype1.html) said:
> July 27, 2004. Today Skype launched its free, Skype for Windows Version 1.0 software, which includes SkypeOut, enabling Skype users to pre-pay and call any phone number in the world at highly competitive local rates.
It’s been an eventful year and SkypeOut has served us and you well. Happy birthday, SkypeOut! And to celebrate, we got some goodies for you. We’re lowering prices to many destinations. We have to increase some a bit, too, but those don’t kick in until September 1. (Lower prices are effective immediately.)
For more info, see the [press release](http://www.skype.com/company/news/2005/skypeout_ratechange.html), [service announcement with price change details](http://support.skype.com/?_a=announcements&_m=details&_i=18) and [SkypeOut rates page](http://www.skype.com/products/skypeout/rates/).
]]>A cool piece of info from the press release:
> “SkypeOut’s popularity encouraged us to extend the reach of our global rate by more than 1 billion people in key markets including China, Hong Kong and Poland,” said Niklas Zennström, Skype CEO and Co-founder. “With 28 countries now covered by our SkypeOut Global Rate, **nearly 2.2 billion people, approximately 1/3 of the world’s population, can now be reached on their landlines and mobiles for 1.7 Euro cents a minute**.” (Population information sourced by United States’ World Factbook.)