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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: sjonke on May 22, '06 11:43:34AM

It appears, at least as far as I can tell, that in order to get "free" US calls, you have to buy 10 euros worth of SkypeOut service, because until you do that, SkypeOut is inactive and can't be activated any other way. Or am I missing something? How can you activate SkypeOut service without paying anything?

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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: mithras on May 22, '06 12:19:27PM

Make sure you dial numbers in the format
+1 XXX YYYZZZZ

and it should work fine.

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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: sjonke on May 23, '06 06:18:59AM

Ahh! It looked from the help text like you only had to enter + and not +1. Using +1 before the number does do the trick. Thanks!

I thought the should quality of my test call was certainly a lot worse than a regular phone, but not unbearable. I probably wouldn't choose Skype as a replacement for my landline due to the sound quality (lack thereof), but it will prove useful for a trip we're going to be taking that will have us halfway across the country for 7 weeks. With Skype we can have free outgoing calls, and for about $13 we can have incoming calls for 3 months, covering the whole trip and more, and we'll have a phone number that will be local to our families, and that's a big deal.

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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: pbw on May 22, '06 12:20:55PM

If the call is originating from the US or Canada, you shouldn't need to purchase anything. I opened a new account for my wife and the free calls worked fine (no credit card info needed). I think it flashed a warning that I needed to purchase SkypeOut minutes, but it still connected fine (dont' forget to add +1 to US phone numbers). I think the warning was due to software that hadn't been updated since the free call announcement was made.



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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: morbium on May 22, '06 12:34:06PM

Skype is a free download and it's free to get an account.
Skype is free as long as you go computer to computer.
If you're going to call landlines, you have to pay.
You can see what the rates are for calling landline phones on skypes
website.
All my friends have been using skype for the last years so I got rid
of my regular landline phone. I got a fast internet connection and I've always had excellent soundquality. If you're connection is close to
modemspeed, I'd recommend sticking to the regular phone
It's also cheaper to call landline phones
for me that it was with my regular landline phone.
I know that they announced that skype out (landline calling)
will be free in US nad Canada but I don't live there so I don't know
how that works.



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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: fbitterlich on May 24, '06 05:04:53AM

It works from outside the US just fine (at least from Germany). As other have written, just make sure you use the "+1 xxx xxxxxxx" format for the phone number.



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When "Free" Costs 10 Euros
Authored by: BrianAllred on May 22, '06 02:47:05PM

I was having a hard time figuring it out to. Just make sure you type the "+" symbol before the number.

i.e. "+1 234 5678901"



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