Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts
By Rich Edmonds on 29 Apr 2014 09:41 am EDT
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Skype has evolved. Microsoft recently announced that group video calling would be available for everyone to use for free. Previously, you were required to have a Premium account. But what about those who were (and still are) subscribed and paying for the luxury? Skype has you covered with a small thank you upgrade package. Put short, you'll be able to call to countries around the world at no extra cost.

The company will be providing premium subscribers with unlimited calls to phones in over 60 countries (mobile numbers in 8 - see the Skype list for more details), without bumping your fee. As well as the new call allowance, Skype premium subscribers will also be able to have up to 10 people in a group video call, receive live chat support when required and the usual ad-free experience.

How does one upgrade their premium account? One does not. Skype will change everything across for you. Be on the look out for an email from the communications provider. Thanks, rdubmu, for the tip!

35 comments

ibimmer

There is no premium trial first before having to pay?

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cgk

Skype premium doesn't currently exist (for new customers) - however you could try World Unlimited for a month for free to see if you like it:

http://www.skype.com/en/rates/

QuIcKsIlV3r

don't bother responding to him, he's being a stupid first poster trying to be clever. If he didn't get first, he wouldn't have asked anyways... He's bloody pathetic

DavideaNY

Welcome back, we missed you! :)

BB Adict

He was in rehab.

Blackberry always.....

RP Singh

Thank you, Quicksilver !

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

BBZ10wannabe

Well if it helps push BBM forward that's a good thing

SilverHunter29

Skype bringing in more features...I guess it's nice...

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pblakeney

Where is cross platform video chat for BBM?

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arfin

Let then get voice calls working flawlessly before even attempting video calls

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freddysrevng3

Great question because BBM Video is so much better than Skype.....Skype sucks...

They must be working to get it "perfect" cross platform...

I believe this will be another hallmark of the Chen administration.....get it "right" then "Sell Like Hell ".... not the other way around.

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

yessuz

Omg. Wanna try that international calling...

What's the Premium price???

Posted via CB10 on glorious Z10 powered by 10.2.1.2947

LyBerry

I hope BBM does group video chat sooner than later. Anyway, sounds like a nice Skype update.

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Shanerredflag

I'll take Layer On Layer encryption hack for 200 Alex.

I say K cuz I can't spell K.

joeyjay05

Blackberry is always in last place, in order to evolve you have to be the first not last, cross platform bbm video chat should of been out especially if you're fighting for survival. Anyways blackberry takes another L

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Pete The Penguin

@Rich, Skype don't have Premium accounts now. Check out www.skype.com.

They have free group video calling on Windows desktop (not Modern), Mac and Xbox One though you need a Gold Live account on Xbox One to make group calls.

TightDebbie

And why exactly would I pay to use Skype? A real perk would be to reintroduce MSN Messenger...FOR FREE.

That would be great. I have BBM, why on earth would I pay to use Skype?

Hell no...

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JimCanuck

Skype chat is free and always has been; it has been moved to the Windows Live Messenger infrastructure - which allows buffering/storage of messages when the other party is not online; Skype video calls are now free for both one-to-one AND group video. Also one participant on group video can share his/her screen.

The only charge for Skype these days is for calls to landlines and mobile phones on a carrier network. And for a Skype Inbound number.

castano22

Would love to use Skype if the BlackBerry App wasn't crap...

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Rootbrian

I have no problem with the application.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Misty3418

What does this mean? Is it a code for something good to happen?

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JimCanuck

As for group video calling the calls must be hosted on a PC (Windows or Mac) due to the processor load; mobile users can be participants but voice only. Maybe some day smartphone processors will be able to handle the load required to host a group video call.

Rootbrian

Heh, bet it'll handle very well on my linux powered pentium 4. ;)

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

thisiscjay

64-bit octa-core processor anyone?

obermayr

Skype is not working in my Z10 will not open

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Rootbrian

Meh, as long as microsoft is "improving" skype, i'll be pleased. You still cannot beat oovoo's 12 person video calling (but not HD at all, which is 320X240) for free, same with using tinychat. :)

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

nt300

Nice features, but still does not fix the video quality and sound issues with Skype. BBM blows it out of the water.

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Hibbylinx81

How about an update to skype on BB10 to get it working to start with!

Hibby_CB10; Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.2228

Bacon Munchers

BlackBerry really needs to get BBMX with video and groups out, along with desktop.

Then, BBM will take the world by storm.

fhk100

I've done Skype video one on one calls with my Z10 and Skype app, on the carrier network data bandwidth. Also have done BBM video on the Z10.

All conversations were with callers outside the US, while I was I US. Quality on both Skype and BBM was excellent. The Skype video however heated up the Z10 considerably after 10-15 min, and was a great battery drain.

BBM seems better engineered, however it's not available on all platforms.

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925, CB10

Paul Callahan

Sounds good.. hopefully it does work and is free like Oovoo..would be great..

Q10 on T-Mobile

JimCanuck

Re Skype on BlackBerry 10 - my experience with Skype on my Z30 has been great. Excellent audio on overseas calls using carrier and video at 512 x 288 resolution. (Skype recently increased the resolution on Skype for Android; that has been incorporated into Skype for BlackBerry.) Just checked it out on a Z10 and it comes up fine.

One issue I find is that if I have several apps running I have to either close some or restart the device to get the Android player working smoothly. Yes, it's an Android port but really a hybrid port as it does support some BlackBerry native features, such as Contacts, Notifications, and, best of all, predictive text on the BlackBerry keyboard.

There is a pregnant pause when you first launch Skype (and the screen may go black momentarily when you log in) but once opened it has been great for following chat sessions when away from my home office (where I use a PC). Recently I found that I can actually have the Skype audio go through my car audio via a Bluetooth connection. (My BlackBerry actually runs audio from many programs, beyond Music, through my car audio, such as BlackBerry Maps, YouTube and CBC Radio amongst others. Oh, yes, now I have two ways to listen to CBC Radio One on my car: but the Internet/BlackBerry route could get expensive with data usage. (Not that I'm a fan of CBC Radio)

Prem WatsApp

Skype still laggy here in OZ, BBM Video much better.

Please BBM, get those features out asap.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "