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Is Skype free? Skype pricing explained

Most features, except for one, are free.
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July 20, 2022

Skype is packed with features like screen sharing, group video calls, call recording, and more, making it one of the best video call and chat apps. You can even use Skype to make calls and send text messages to local and international phone numbers, a feature that isn’t available with most of its competitors. However, not every Skype feature is free. Here’s what you need to know about Skype’s pricing.

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Skype is free for any Skype-to-Skype interactions. This includes messages, voice calls, and video calls. You can also share your screen, record calls, share images, and more. If you want to make direct calls to international numbers, you will need to sign up and pay for Skype Credit or discounted “Skype to phone" plans.


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Is Skype free?

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Skype is free for any Skype-to-Skype interaction. You can send messages, make voice and video calls, share your screen, record calls, share images, and more. As long as both parties have Skype, everything you do is free.

However, Skype also lets you directly call international phone numbers to keep in touch with friends and family who don’t have Skype. Like any international calling service, this isn’t free. You can either pay for Skype Credit, which works as a pay-as-you-go balance or sign up for discounted monthly calling subscriptions.

What is “Skype to phone” plans, and how much do they cost?

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“Skype to phone” plans are discounted subscriptions that let you make international calls directly from a phone number, even if the other person doesn’t have Skype.

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You can search for the country you want to call to find out the minutes you’ll get and the monthly cost. Plans start as low as $2.99 per month for unlimited calls to the US, going up to $7.99 for 800 minutes a month to India. If you plan to make international calls to more than one country, you can get a global subscription for $13.99. You can sign up for “Skype to phone” plans here.

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If you don’t plan to make international calls regularly, you can also buy Skype Credits. You can purchase credits for $5, $10, or $25 and refill your account when required. $10 Skype Credit gets you 434 minutes to the UK and US and around 666 minutes to India. You can find out more about the regional rates and buy Skype credits here.


Read more: How to video chat with family and friends

FAQs

Yes, screen sharing is free on Skype.

Yes, group video calls on Skype are entirely free. You can call up to 100 people on Skype.

You only need Skype credit or a subscription to a “Skype to phone” plan if you want to make calls to international phone numbers. Any Skype-to-Skype chats, voice calls, video calls, and other available features are entirely free.

A Skype phone number lets others call you from a mobile or landline, and you can answer the call using the Skype app. Unfortunately, a Skype phone number isn’t free. The price changes depending on what region your number will be from. Getting a US phone number will set you back $6.50 per month or $52.26 for an annual plan.

Micrsoft officially retired Skype for Business in July 2021 and replaced it with Microsoft Teams.