Free North American phone calls: update on availability, Skype Credit expiry
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Two updates that were brought on since last night and that we have been working on…
The most pressing issue was of course many people in the US and Canada not being able to use the free calls. You may have got a message like “You need Skype Credit to call to ordinary phones” or something along those lines. We updated our detection engine earlier today and have confirmation that this is now resolved for many users. So if it didn’t work for you before, chances are good that it does now, so please retry. Note that there may be some locations where it still doesn’t work — in this case, please [report your public IP address and location to our Customer Service](http://support.skype.com/?_a=tickets&_m=submit). We continue to work on this.
Secondly, there have been questions about what happens to your Skype Credit now that you got free calls. The answer is that Skype Credit remains on your account and its validity extends the same way as it did before — your Skype Credit is valid for 180 days from your last call or purchase. This includes also the free North American calls. So the credit won’t expire as long you keep using SkypeOut, be it paid or free.