Skype To Go
Another Option For International Calling!
Most people have heard of Skype, but
what's Skype To Go? Skype is most commonly known for
making free video calls from computer to computer. You can
make calls from a computer, smartphone, or tablet to any phone in the
world for a low per minute cost, which varies depending on
the country to which you're calling. What people
often know about is the Skype's To Go service!
To Go number program can be a great alternative option for
wireless users who want to
save money when making international calls while still using your
prepaid phone, and without using your data allowance. If you
don't have a nationwide prepaid calling
plan, an international bundle, or an add-on available from your
carrier, this service can certainly help to save you money, and is
definitely worth considering. It makes use of your regular
voice calling minutes, which is largely unlimited for most plans these
Here's how it works:
you create an account, you'll use a form to fill out the name of the
person you want to call, in what country they're located, and their
phone number. You can do this for up to 30 numbers total.
Note that you'll likely only seek to setup this special
for people that you call regularly. For one-off, or very
occasional calls, you likely wouldn't want to spend the time to
generate a number, though of course, you could do that if you wanted to.
will then assign you a new number for each contact with the area code
of your choice. So what this means is that you'll be able to
the new number as a local area number to call. Skype will
essentially then route the that number via the Internet to the
international number that you originally provided.
important to note that when you call the new Skype To Go number that
was provided to you, while you won't be paying standard international
rates, don't forget that you'll be using
minutes according to your prepaid wireless plan rules. In our
data and text message centric world, I presume most of us have more
voice minutes available than we ever use, if not unlimited.
After you visit the Skype To Go Number
page, you'll be able to click over to see the pricing options,
including pay-as-you-go (i.e. per minute) and monthly plans.
Note that monthly plans allow you to cancel at any time, so
that's also an option to consider if you do a lot of
calling, and would prefer not to pay on a per minute basis.
that page you'll also find information about the price per country.
important thing to note, is that while this service can offer great
value, Google Voice is a competitive offer that has FREE calling to
many countries. As Google Voice is not available in many
countries, this Skype service is obviously a good option.
However, for those who have access to Google Voice, this
likely doesn't make sense for most people. Particularly for
people who have smartphones, the Google
application makes it extremely easy to access international calling via
your account (i.e. no extra numbers to dial); I personally prefer their
service, however, it doesn't meet everyone's needs. You can
also learn about Google Hangouts and others at Free