Skype, one of the world's leading Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony software company, is giving away One Month's of Unlimited Free Calls (worth €10.49) to Mobile and Landlines worldwide.
Existing or New Skype users are eligible to participate in this program and it is relatively easy to get started. However, as consumers, you may want to know the "catch" so that you are not completely blindsided.
Catch #1 - Geographical Restrictions
This promotion allows Skype users to call unllimited free landline destinations across 63 different countries; however, users may only call mobiles for free in only 8 countries (Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, United States). The full list is available here.
Catch #2 - Credit Card Information Needed
Although this is a real FREE offer. Credit card information is still required by Skype. Therefore, if you do not own a credit card, you cannot participate. The reason why this is needed is explained in #3 below.
Catch #3 - Opt-in by Default
Consumers have the first 27 days, from the start of the free trial to cancel the subscriptions. Failure to do so means you agree to Skype to continue with the subscription. Hence, €10.49 will be charged into your credit card at the end of the free trial, and will continue to be charged for every subsequent subscription term.
Catch #4 - Quality of Service
Unlike PSTN or normal landline, Skype does not guarantee the quality of voice connection is going to be flawless, simply because this is also highly dependent the availability and speed of Internet access, as well as the existence of any firewall slowing down the data packets. If you are on the underground and expect to call someone on VoIP, chances are you're not going to be a happy soul by the time you step out of the train. For sure, this does not replace your telephone device.
In conclusion, this is one of the few ocassions that Microsoft offers promotions of great value. Despite the fact that there is time restriction, there is no harm trying it out, but do remember to cancel the subscription within 27 days!
Click here to sign up.