Skype has launched new monthly plans for international calls to landlines and cellphones, and is expected this week to launch a video chat feature. It says the plans, which cover 170 countries, give savings of up to 60 percent compared to Skype’s standard Pay As You Go rates. Subscription plans are available in 60-minute to unlimited packages, and there are one, three and 12-month calling subscriptions from $1.09 per month. They equate to rates as low as one cent per minute to almost any country.
To not make normal PC-to-PC users feel left out, Skype is also gearing up to release a new beta of its Windows software. Skype’s vice president and general manager of global consumer products, Neil Stevens, told CNET in a briefing that next week’s Skype beta will feature video conference calls for up to five callers. Right now video calling works between two people.