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Free Skype group video calls for a year

Skype videoconference

By Barry Collins

Posted on 18 Dec 2013 at 08:51

Skype is giving away a year's worth of group video calls, a premium feature that normally costs £2.99 per month.

The low-key offer is part of a promotion called the Skype Collaboration Project. To qualify, Skype users merely need to enter their email address, upon which they'll be sent a voucher code.

Some reports claim that redeeming the code merely adds a lump of Skype credit to users' accounts, which could potentially be used for other services, such as calls to landlines, but we've not been able to verify that at the time of publication.

Aside from group video calls - which allow up to ten people to join the same conversation, although Skype recommends a maximum of five - the offer also includes free group screen sharing, so you can talk participants through a presentation, for example.

Users also qualify for free live chat customer support.

Other services, such as Google Hangouts, already allow users to make group video calls for free, suggesting that Microsoft is attempting to stop customers migrating to its chief rival's service.

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User comments

Not as good as i'd hoped.

My brother in law has an Office 365 subscription and so my whole family (in 7 different locations) held a Skype video call using our PC/Macs. Everyone was on at least a 5mb connection but the quality was awful, the lipsync was off and 3 times it dropped the whole call, we all had to wait for my brother in law to re-join us. Not impressed in this day and age.

I think next time we will try ooVoo from our smartphones as a friend reccommended it.

By Benih007 on 18 Dec 2013


I can't find where to register? There is nothing on that link where to enter or type your email?

By pasma1 on 16 Jan 2014

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