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SkypeOut icon.If this was a perfect world, there’d be no yodelling, we wouldn’t be ashamed of our love handles and everyone would be using Skype to talk for free.

Unfortunately the world is far from perfect, and not everyone has Skype yet. That’s why we have SkypeOut, a low cost way to make calls from Skype to friends who still use those traditional landlines or mobile phones. That means calling anyone, anywhere in the world at local rates.

Just as an example, when you use SkypeOut to call France, Germany and United Kingdom, you can save up to 56% per minute compared with AT&T CallVantageSM.
Compared with AT&T CallVantageSM on November 12 2004. Excludes other AT&T promotions. Source 1 and 2. Rates include value added tax. Based on 1 minute call duration.

Easy to get started.

Go to your account page (there’s a link on the Start tab or in the Tools menu in Skype or you access it from the Store), select the amount of credit you wish to add and make the payment with any major credit card. Switch back to Skype, enter a phone number, hit the big, green phone button and start talking. That’s all there is to it. When you run out of credits, it’s just a quick trip back to the account page to top up and you’re good to go again.

Your SkypeOut credits will remain active for 180 days after your last SkypeOut call.

Easy to keep going.

We don’t want you to sign any contract and we won’t be sending you anything like a big, complicated monthly bill, just because you want to call other people from your computer. Life is too short for that sort of thing. With Skype, you get a straight price per minute rate to call wherever your friends are. The rate doesn’t change for weekends, Mondays after 8 PM, weekdays from 9 to 5 or anything like that… it stays the same. We’ve even come up with one rate for the 20 most popular call destinations: The SkypeOut Global Rate. It’s currently 1.7 Euro Cent (that would be around 2 US cents or 1.1 pence) per minute to more than 20 countries. But no matter what the rate is, calling your friend next door is the same price as calling that same friend in London from Beijing, San Francisco, Taipei… or even Manchester.

Something for nothing.

So there you have it. We’ve made SkypeOut an easy and cheap way of getting in touch with your friends not yet on Skype. We guess the only thing we want you to do, is tell them to start using Skype because then you could talk to one another for free. This makes Skype the perfect companion to your old phone. Simple, really.

Bottom line

If you want to use SkypeOut, make sure that you have the latest version of Skype: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Pocket PC.