Upgraded to Skype Pro
I have made some progress with my Skype service after initially finding the Skype service offerings very confusing. I decided to upgrade to Skype Pro. Its a bundled service for $36 a year. The confusing thing is the bundle changes depending on what country you are billed or reside in.
It turns out the bundle changes depending on what country you select on the Manage Account page. I seem to be able to switch it around at will. For instance Skype Pro includes Skype To Go in the US and a few other countries but not China. So when I signed up I selected the US and am getting a Skype To Go number in the US to call my China cell phone. This way my family and friends can call me on a regular phone and I can talk to them on a regular phone. This is good news for me as if it only allowed me to take advantage of the China Skype Pro package then I wouldn't receive this benefit.
There are a couple other benefits to SkypePro
- You get a $12USD skype credit to your account for calls.
- Its basically free if you are going to buy SkypeIn. SkypeIn is $60/yr, but only $24/yr when you buy SkypePro. SkypPro ($36) + SkypeIn Discounted ($24) = $60 = SkypeIn Regular Price ($60)
- It includes some applications like desktop sharing which are of minimal benefit to me so far
- Includes Skype Voicemail which is also include in SkypeIn
Once I get more familiar with all the nuances of SkypePro (and the to go number service) Im going to take a closer look at SkypeIn and still see if it might be a service I want.
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