While we worry ourselves about when T-Mobile is finally going to roll out high speed data services and whether or not Motorola can turn their handset business around, Voice Over Internet calling pioneer Skype quietly turns profits and lower prices. Today Skype announced its first unlimited calling plan for international calls.
$9.95/month will get U.S. residents unlimited calls to land-lines in 34 countries including most of Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Canada, and Australia. The plan also covers cell phone calls to Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, and unlimited calls to land-lines and cell phones in the U.S. Additionally, subscribers will be able to use a regular land-line or cellular handset to access the service via a local phone number (which routes the call to its international destination). Traditionally using Skype has required the consumer to have a computer or smartphone running Skype's software, or a dedicated Skype handset, as well as access to a WiFi network.
Skype currently offers unlimited calls to the U.S. and Canada for $3/month. They also announced expansion of that plan to a $5.95/mo service that includes Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey.
Learn more at Skype's Website.