Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Video Calls 194 194 people found this article helpful Skype Connection Fees Skype-to-Skype calls are free but others require credit or a subscription by Nadeem Unuth Freelance Contributor Nadeem Unuth is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire who specializes in information and communication technology with a focus on VoIP. our editorial process LinkedIn Nadeem Unuth Updated on April 10, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Skype The Ultimate Guide to Skype Introduction Skype Basics Internet Speed Required for Skype HD Calls How Much Does It Cost to Use Skype? How to Delete Your Skype Account Guide to Using Skype as Your Home Phone Getting Started How to Change Your Skype Username Setting up a Conference Call With Skype How to Make a Skype Conference Call How to Make HD Video Calls With Skype How to Share a Screen on Skype Tips for Using Skype How to Record Skype Calls Use Skype's Split View Mode in Windows 10 Stop Skype From Starting Automatically How to Blur the Background In Skype How to Find and Use Skype Emoji How to Skype With Alexa Working with Contacts How to Add Contacts on Skype How to Delete Skype Contacts How to Block Someone on Skype How to Unblock Someone on Skype How to Delete a Skype Conversation Skype on Different Platforms Installing Skype on Ubuntu Installing Skype on a Mac Using Skype on an iPad & iPhone Using Skype on a Chromebook Using Skype in a Web Browser How to Use Skype for Android Creating a Skype Account on Windows Troubleshooting & Updating What to Do When Skype Isn't Working Make a Test Call How to Uninstall Skype How to Update Fix Skype Webcam Problems Tweet Share Email Skype is free when you call other Skype users, no matter where they may live, much like other free internet calling services such as WhatsApp, Snapchat, Messenger, and Viber. However, the service isn't free when you call landlines or other mobile phones that don't use Skype. VoIP services normally charge a fee per minute for these calls, which are lower than fees for non-VoIP calls. The rates depend on the destination you're calling. Ezra Baily / Taxi / Getty Images Connection Fees Skype charges a connection fee for phone calls. This fee applies to all calls to mobiles and landline phones made using Skype Credit, but only when the call is answered and lasts longer than one second. The connection fee is a one-time charge, per call, that covers the cost of bridging a VoIP call to the packet-switched telephone network. PSTN relies on copper or fiber-optic cable, whereas VoIP uses the internet for call routing. Technically, PSTN and VoIP are separate technologies that cannot cross paths. However, several providers—including Skype—connect the two networks to complete VoIP-to-PSTN calls or vice versa. The connection fee covers this cost. The connection fee varies depending on the country you call. For example, when you make a call within the United States, a connection fee of 4.9¢ applies. This fee can be as much as 8.9¢. There is no connection fee for calls to toll-free numbers within the U.S. Subscriptions and Per-Minute Rates Per-minute rates vary depending on the country you call. Enter your preferred country on the Skype website to learn its per-minute charge. Before making any calls to non-Skype landlines or mobile phones, purchase Skype Credit or a Skype Subscription. If you make calls to mobile or landline phones that aren't on Skype, save money by using one of Skype's subscription plans. Skype International Rates and Plans Skype offers a 5% discount on the monthly subscription rates to people who pay every three months and a 15% discount to people who pay once a year. Calling toll-free numbers does not accrue a charge in the United States. Skype Credit To pay for calls to non-Skype numbers, purchase Skype Credit in $10 or $25 increments. The credit reloads automatically whenever your balance falls to $2. Skype to Go The Skype to Go service offers subscribers a nifty trick. Skype provisions a number local to a given contact such that calls made through the Skype to Go number bypass international calling rates. For example, a person from Detroit who calls someone in Dublin may provision a Skype to Go number for calls to Ireland. Calls through that number are treated as local calls, using the Skype VoIP backbone. You can establish up to 30 of these accounts, anywhere in the world except Egypt, Morocco, and Nigeria.