What is Skype Credit?
A short answer would be “Skype Credit is something that we made available today.” But this doesn’t really answer the question So read on.
First let’s look back a bit at what has been recently happening on the front of Skype paid services. In August we soft-launched an improvement that introduced US dollars to your payment options, with more currencies upcoming. Just in September, we brought you the Skype Groups Beta, so you can buy Skype services for other people.
Now we have Skype Credit.
You buy Skype Credit in amounts of 10 and 25 Euros or US dollars and then spend them how you like on Skype services and content. When you buy Skype Credit, SkypeOut will be activated immediately and you can start calling out to landlines and mobiles. So far, this sounds a lot like the SkypeOut credits that we had before. What’s new is that you can now also spend your credit balance on other Skype services, like SkypeIn, Skype Voicemail and Personalise Skype sound & pictures.
]]> What does this mean for Skype callers who already have SkypeOut credits? Don’t worry, you have the same credit balance you had before, you can just choose to spend it on more Skype services and content. Your balance still expires after 180 days of inactivity, but now you have more ways to reactivate it: you can make a quick SkypeOut call, or buy a new ringtone to personalise your Skype.
### How do I buy Skype Credit?
From within Skype, select Tools -> [Go to My Account Page](http://www.skype.com/go/myaccount), and sign in with your Skype Name and password. Then select “Buy Skype Credit” from the left-hand menu to top up your account.
We’re working on even more ways to make purchasing easier on Skype, and most of the ideas have come from you, so keep the suggestions rolling in.