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November 20, 2012

SKYPE News - Skype to Offer Gift Cards This Holiday Season

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

Looking for a Christmas present for someone hard to buy for? Have any family members who spend more in telecom bills than on rent? Skype (News - Alert) may have a solution for you.

The voice over IP provider is offering gift cards this holiday season for the first time.

Americans today are communicating with one another more and more over newer, Web-based media from their mobile phones. While Skype-to-Skype calls are free, any calls a Skype user makes to land lines or cell phones not using Skype involve a small per-minute charge.

In the U.S., Skype gift cards – which are essentially prepaid calling cards – are available at a few retail locations including Microsoft (News - Alert) Stores, Target stores and office supply superstore OfficeMax. The cards can also be purchased as e-gift cards that can be delivered online to recipients through the Skype Shop and on the company’s Facebook (News - Alert) page. The gift cards are available in denominations starting at $10.

If you’ve ever used Skype, you’ll know that $10 goes a long way.

The cards are expected to be popular gifts for individuals who make a lot of international calls, and will allow recipients to take advantage of features like calling mobiles and landlines from Skyp,e while also enabling use of Skype's Wi-Fi at millions of global hotspots.

To purchase a gift card, you can visit the company’s gift card page and choose a personalized card (“Happy Holidays” or whatever you wish). You then pay for the card by processing payment through Skype partner ChatandVision.

If your chosen recipient doesn’t have a Skype account, he or she is given the option to set one up at the point of redemption. In addition, the Skype Gift Card vouchers can be redeemed by a recipient with a different e-mail address to that associated with their Skype account.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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