As we made mention of in our introduction to Skype, the service is MOSTLY free to use. However, there are certain features that cost money, or require you to purchase a paid subscription in order to upgrade Skype (see our Skype Premium tutorial for more details).
Since most of Skype's features are free to use, we'll just list the ones that AREN'T free:
Using Skype to call someone's home or mobile phone
Forwarding calls from Skype to your home or mobile phone
Sending text messages from Skype to a mobile phone
Using Skype to easily access Wi-Fi locations in certain areas
Purchasing a "Skype Number" to let people call you on Skype from a home or mobile phone
The amount of money that you have to shell out for Skype's paid features basically depends on where you are and/or where your messages are going. For example, the cost of accessing a Skype-specific Wi-Fi location depends on the provider that is operating the service.
To learn more about the rates for Skype's other paid services:
Go to www.skype.com in your web browser. In the menu across the top, move your mouse cursor over "Prices" to make a drop-down menu appear, and then click Rates.
Click inside the box labelled "Search for the country/region you want to call" and type in the place that you're going to be calling from Skype most often. Then, click one of the suggestions that appears in the drop-down box to select it.
The window below the box will change to display the different rates for using Skype Credit (more on that in a minute), sending text messages, or making calls by using the different subscription plans available for that region. You can click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner to change the currency that the prices are calculated in.
Instead of buying a subscription, you can also pay for Skype's non-free services as you use them by using a currency called Skype Credit. As explained in the section above, the amount of Skype Credit you use per paid service of Skype depends on the area you're communicating from or to.
You can buy different amounts of Skype Credit, depending on what currency you use. For a list, go to www.skype.com/go/store.buy.skypecredit in your web browser, and click the drop-down menu underneath "Your Order" and select a new currency. The amount of Skype Credit that you can purchase will change accordingly.
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