We have received reports of a chain letter circulating around the Internet asking Skype users not to upgrade to the newest version of Skype. This letter is another example of an Internet scam that attempts to trick people into paying or downloading malicious content. We assure you that one-to-one video calls via Skype remain free, while there has always been a small fee for Group Video Calls (as part of the Skype Premium subscription).
Note, we regularly encourage our users to only download the latest version of Skype from skype.com. This is done to not only ensure our users are able to take advantage of new features and functionality, but also to make sure you are getting a genuine version of Skype, as we remain committed to providing the best quality and security to our users.