New flat-rate calling subscriptions from Skype are great for business
Today we have announced some new flat-rate calling subscriptions which provide great value calling to regular phones. The new subscriptions offer unlimited* calling to landlines in 34 countries as well as mobile phones in selected countries such as the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
Skype to Skype calls continue to be free and unlimited, but now you can also call landlines without having to worry about time or cost. The new subscriptions cover almost a third of the world’s population. See a full list of countries. Depending on your location and calling destination, there are several subscription levels to choose from:
]]>What does unlimited* actually mean?
There are no hidden costs or additional connection charges. You will only pay one flat monthly fee, as long as you don’t call premium, non-geographic and other special numbers. You can call at any time of the day or night and any day of the week.
There is of course a [fair-usage]( http://www.skype.com/intl/en-gb/legal/terms/fair_usage/) policy to protect us against fraud. It won’t take effect until you have exceeded 10,000 minutes per month, which is the equivalent of about 5 hours of calling per day.
How do businesses sign-up to the subscriptions?
There is a limit of one Subscription per Skype Name, so each of your employees wanting to make unlimited calling will need to select the subscription that suits them best and sign up for their own subscription. You can use the [Business Control Panel]( http://www.skype.com/intl/en/business/features/controlpanel/) to centrally purchase Skype Credit and assign this to each of your members. Your members can then use the credit to sign-up to the subscriptions.
Currently it is not possible to centrally purchase the subscriptions through the Control Panel, but we are working on a solution to this. In the meantime, please assign credit to members who require the subscriptions.
There are no long term contracts – you are free to sign up for a minimum of one month. However there is an early bird discount, so if you sign up for a 3 or 12 month subscription before June 1st, 2008, you will save 1/3rd.
More information available on the [subscriptions pages]( http://www.skype.com/go/subscriptions).