Skype Connection Fees

Skype-to-Skype calls are free. Others require credit or a subscription

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Skype is entirely free when calling other Skype users, no matter where they may live, much like other free internet calling services such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Messenger, and Viber.

However, it's not free when calling landlines or other mobile phones that aren't using Skype. VoIP services normally charge a fee per minute for these calls, which are considerably lower than fees for traditional calls. The rates depend on the destination you're calling.

Rate Examples

Rates can vary substantially depending on the country you are calling. You can enter your preferred country at the Skype website to learn its per-minute charge. Some examples include:

  • Calls to non-Skype landlines and mobile numbers in the U.S. cost 2.3 cents per minute with a 4.9-cent connection fee. Sending a text message costs 11.2 cents.
  • In France, calls in most locations including Paris cost 2.3 cents per minute, but a few outlying locations are as high as 45 cents per minute. Text messages are 13.3 cents each.
  • In India, all non-Skype calls are 1.5 cents per minute. Texts cost 7.7 cents each.
  • The rates throughout China are 2 cents per minute, with texts costing 5.5 cents.
  • Basic United Kingdom and London rates are 2.3 cents per minute, but there are a lot of outliers of this rate, and those costs are much higher. Check before you assume. United Kingdom texts are 9.9 cents each.
  • Australia rates are 2.3 cents per minute and texts are 8.8 cents each.

The rates for other countries are posted on Skypes website.

In all cases except toll-free calls, a connection fee applies. It varies, but is usually quite low—4.9-cent and 8.9-cent connection fees are typical.

Before making any calls to non-Skype landlines or mobile phones, you need to purchase Skype Credit or a Skype Subscription.

Skype Credit

You pay for calls to non-Skype numbers by purchasing Skype Credit in $10 or $25 increments. The credit reloads automatically whenever your balance falls to $2.

Skype Subscriptions

If you make many calls to mobile or landline phones that aren't on Skype, you'll save money by using one of Skype's subscription plans:

  • United States Subscription includes unlimited minutes to non-Skype mobiles and landlines in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Guam for $2.99 per month.
  • North American Subscription includes unlimited minutes for calls to landlines and mobiles in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virginia Islands, and American Samoa for $6.99 per month.
  • World Subscription includes unlimited minutes to mobiles and landlines in eight countries, and unlimited minutes for landlines only in 55 countries for $13.99 per month.

Skype offers a 5 percent discount on the monthly subscription rates to users who pay every three months and a 15 percent discount to users who pay once a year. These prices are accurate as of mid-2018.

Calling toll-free numbers does not accrue a charge in the United States.