Web phone calls firm Skype has unveiled three new packages which allow you to make internet calls to landlines all over the world for a set monthly fee.
The three subscriptions offer ‘unlimited’ calls to either UK phones, phones in 20 European countries or phones in 34 countries around the globe.
Although the deals have been advertised as unlimited, there is a fair usage policy which is set at 10,000 minutes per month.
Voice over internet protocol (Voip) firm Skype says this equates to more than five hours of calling per day.
Which? Technology Editor Matthew Bath said: ‘Skype has been pioneering free Skype-to-Skype phone calls that use the internet to carry phone conversations, but it has always charged a premium for calls to non-Skype users and landlines.
‘The new packages, which mean you can make almost unlimited calls to UK landline phones from your Skype phone for less than £2.50 per month is a bargain, although you’ll need to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot or use your broadband connection to make calls using Skype.’
The first package is ‘Unlimited Country’ for unlimited calls to landlines in the UK for £2.24 per month. The second, ‘Unlimited Europe’, gives you unlimited calls to landlines in 20 European countries for £3.39 a month.
Lastly, the ‘Unlimited World’ package covers calls to landlines in 34 countries worldwide – including the US, Australia and Japan – for £7.99 each month.
Skype says the new subscriptions have no long-term contract and you can make calls at any time of the day, and on any day of the week.
Voip calls work by sending the caller’s voice over the internet as packets of information in the same way as photos, text and other data are transmitted.