Skype have introduced a new pay-to-call service, allowing for both voice and video calls to be charged either per minute, or for a one-off fee. Unlike premium rate lines from traditional phone providers, Skype Prime can be available internationally: the only restriction is that you’re in a country in which you can withdraw money to Paypal.
It’s not cheap – Skype keep 30% of whatever you’ve chosen to charge – and perennial favourites adult and gambling lines are both banned. However, as calls begin free, with providers then sending a payment request for callers to accept and pay via their Skype credit, this could be a useful tool for those providing all sorts of services, from technical to tarot. And of course, it’s another step towards Skype earning back its controversially high purchase price.