Feeds

Skype slaps charge on non-'Pro' customers

But hasn't actually launched Pro service

High performance access to file storage

Skype, the rather popular VoIP service, has introduced a connection charge of 3.9 euro cents for all calls outside the Skype network - those using the SkypeOut service - from midday today.

The change comes with several alterations to its international tariffs, and the announcement of a Skype Pro service which will cost €2 a month and remove any per-minute charges for national calls to landlines.

Problem is, Skype Pro won't be available for a while, so for the moment there is just the additional connection charge to worry about, though subscribers to Talk For Britain or Skype Unlimited (in the US) won't have to pay that.

International calls are now being charged at €0.017 per minute - for the Czech Republic (including Prague), Guam, Hungary (including Budapest), Israel (including Jerusalem), Luxembourg, Malaysia (including Kuala Lumpur), Puerto Rico, and both Alaska and Hawaii in the United States - representing cuts of up to 65 per cent.

The VoIP market is hugely price-sensitive, and with such healthy competition no one can be seen to be charging more than anyone else. Mobile phone companies have long specialised in creating tariffs which are too complex to compare, and it's unsurprising to see Skype mucking about with its charges.

The Skype Pro service will also bundle some premium services, including free avatars for CrazyTalk and ringtones from Emotive, and this is indicative of the necessity to get out of the overly price-competitive market of connecting voice calls and into the business of supplying value-added services which offer a better margin as well as improved customer loyalty. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.