SkypeOut Gift Days
At Skype, we don’t believe you should have to pay for calls. That’s why Skype-to-Skype calls will always be free. But even we have to charge a little bit for SkypeOut calls (our service for calling landlines and mobile phones). That’s where SkypeOut Gift Days come in.
On SkypeOut Gift Days you’ll be able to redeem 10 minutes of credit for SkypeOut calls and it won’t cost you a thing. It’s free.
How do I know when it’s a SkypeOut Gift Day?
We wish every day could be a SkypeOut Gift Day, but that would make us bankrupt. So our accountant says we can have 1 more this month. We would also love to offer gifts to the entire world but our system only allow us to distribute a limited number, so we hope you will be quick enough to get one.
When one is approaching, we’ll let you know through our website and on Share.Skype.com. We’re planning to have SkypeOut Gift Days throughout July, so keep checking back for details.
We’ve only got a limited number of gifts to offer on SkypeOut Gift Day, so make sure when you spot one, you tell all your friends even the ones who aren’t on Skype yet. That would be nice. It’s a good day to start using Skype, after all.
How do you claim your SkypeOut credit?
On SkypeOut Gift Days you will find a ’get a free Skype gift’ button on your account page (if you don't have Skype already, you can download it here). Click on the button before it disappears at the end of the day and, ’hey presto’, you’ll be able to claim your SkypeOut credit. It’s our little gift to you. We hope you like it.
SkypeOut Gift Days terms and conditions
Skype services mean: SkypeOut, Skype Voicemail and SkypeIn services. 10 minutes of credit are based on the current SkypeOut global rate from Skype to landlines in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries. To use SkypeOut and Skype Voicemail, you first need to register for a Skype user account and to get a free Skype user name. This promotion expires August 29, 2005.
If you don't have Skype download it now and after you finish the installation and create an account visit www.skype.com and click the "Get Your Gift Today" link as you can see below (if it does not appear anymore it means the promotion finished):
After you've logged in to your account you'll see the "Yay! Today is the free SkypeOut Gift Day!" box and just click (again) on the "Get your free Skype Gift" link:
Even if they say you'll receive only 0.1 euros credit, you'll actually receive a 0.2 credit. After you've clicked that link the gift is redeemed and they'll say you'll receive the credit in 12 hours:
Your free Skype gift will be delivered to you account in the next 12 hours.
Why don’t you call some friends who aren’t yet on Skype and tell them what they’re missing out on the favoritest week, your favourite recipes making telephone calls for free.
Account Overview | Tell a friend
I was lucky and I received imediatelly the gift (it's still 5 a.m. in America :) ) and as I said 0.2 euros and not 0.1 as they stated before:
€0.20 remaining SkypeOut Credit.
You have 179 days, until January 26, 2006, to use this credit.
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So this is it, you can use now this credit to call from your computer someone on the mobile or fixed phone. Also, if you plan calling other locations than USA you might take a look at their SkypeOut rates. Depending on the destination you might have the surprise that you can't speak more than half a minute (for instance a call on a mobile in Italy is 0.287 euro/minute and you only receive 0.2 euro credit). Anyway a gift is a gift.
Why are they doing this? Well because they want to create more "BUZZ" around Skype and get that viral marketing gear moving. I'm sure that at least half of those who call using these free minutes say "I received those for free from Skype" and this is how the word gets spread; instead of spending millions of dollars on publicity, they prefer giving gifts in exchange for free publicity. It's common, it's effective and it seems to be working fine for them, with more than 142 million downloads (as of today) and 40 million customers Skype is one of the most popular programs out there.
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