New Skype services planned and in beta

By Derek Sooman on
Skype is to launch two new premium services, and has already provided beta versions. Skype customers can now purchase phone numbers so they can be reached by non-Skype users with ordinary fixed or mobile phones, and the company is also planning to add a video conferencing service.

Under the SkypeIn service, users can buy up to three numbers currently available in eight countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, the U.K and the U.S. A three-month subscription costs 10 (US$13) and a full year 30, the company announced Friday.

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