Skype, the well known internet telephony company, recently announced that U.S and Candian-based Skype users can now make free calls to landlines and mobile phones in the U.K, Mexico and Japan. This offer made by Skype will be available only during three ‘Skype Days of Summer’ weekends, which start on July 15.
Free SkypeOut calling to the U.K, Mexico and Japan runs for 48 hours from 12.01 am EDT Saturdays through Sunday at midnight EDT, when international calling is at a peak. Skype said that the three selected countries represent some of the most frequently called countries by Skype users and are among the leading destinations for all international calls from the U.S.A and Canada.
“This free international calling offer is yet another way Skype is making it easy and affordable for people in the U.S. and Canada to try Skype and discover the benefits of being able to easily stay in touch with friends and family all over the world,” said Don Albert, general manager, Skype North America. “We think free calling to these three major countries is a great reason for people to try Skype and is a special thank you for our existing U.S. and Canadian customers.”
In a separate release, Skype also announced that its software will now come pre-loaded on SanDisk’s newest Cruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium, which are Skype-certified U3 enabled smart drives. Now Skype users will be able to make free calls and chat on almost any PC they desire, without having to download any software. It will allow consumers to make free Pc-to Pc audio and video calls to Skype users in most markets.
“SanDisk sees the U3 platform as the next major step in mobile computing,” said Carlos Gonzalez, Senior Director of USB at SanDisk. “The Cruzer Micro and Cruzer Titanium with U3 will enable people to carry around, on a small, convenient USB flash drive, their complete personal desktop with all their favorite U3 smart applications, settings and contacts and allow them to work on any PC, wherever they go.”
The new drives will display the Skype logo on the packaging and will feature one free month of Skype voicemail for the mobile user to get messages from their Skype calls even when on the go.
The SanDisk Cruzer Micro with Skype preloaded is available at retail outlets in U.S. and Europe, including Skype’s online store, with retail prices ranging from $39.99 to $199.99. The drive is available in capacities of 512 MB, 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB.
SanDisk Cruzer Titanium with Skype comes in 1 GB and 2 GB, at $74.99 and $119.99, respectively.