Skype Considering Ads To Keep Service Free

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This could be a huge blow to Skype users if it turns out to be true. Speaking to the UK’s Telegraph, Skype CEO Josh Silverman says the ads would be “done in a tasteful way.”

Can anyone point out a company that has implemented ads in a tasteful way?

You’d think the recently rolled out subscription rates would entice even more users to jump on board the VoIP service, but I guess not.

Skype is rolling out calling plans to more than 170 countries that provide customers with a savings of up to 60 percent compared to Skype’s standard Pay As You Go rates.

Customers will also have more choice with subscription plans available in 60-minute to unlimited packages, and the ability to buy 1-month, 3-month and 12-month calling subscriptions.

Skype’s range of subscriptions start from as little as €0.89* ($1.09/£.69) per month and offer effective rates as low as €0.01 ($.01/£.01) per minute to almost any destination around the globe.

With the new subscriptions, Skype users have the flexibility to customize their calling plans in just three easy steps:

Select the countries you want to call

Decide whether you want to call mobile phones, landlines or both

Choose the plan that best suits your needs from 1-month to 12-months or 60 minutes to unlimited

And if you’ve been living under a rock, Skype is launching five-way video group chats into beta. Only the first three months will be free with a monthly fee kicking in after.