$500 Giveaway: How Do You Use Skype to Save Money on Calls?

By Ashley Jacobs on 20 March 2014 (Updated 2 April 2014) 114 comments

Here at Wise Bread we love using Skype to stay in touch with our friends and family. Not only can you make free computer-to-computer calls, you can also call landlines and mobile phones either around the block or internationally, often for really low rates. Having an affordable way to stay in touch means stronger relationships and happier grandparents.

To celebrate our love of Skype, Wise Bread and Skype have teamed up to do a $500 giveaway!

Awesome Prizes:

  • 1st Place: a $200 Visa Gift Card AND a $100 Skype Gift Card.
  • 2nd Place: a $150 Visa Gift Card AND a $50 Skype Gift Card.

How To Enter

1. Mandatory Entry:

1. If you have a Skype account, skip to step 2. If you don’t have a Skype account, sign up for a free account here.

2. Enter your Skype username into the Rafflecopter entry box. If you are selected as a winner, I will notify you over email and then call or chat with you on Skype to confirm your entry. (Don’t worry, your Skype name and email are only used for entry purposes and will not be made publicly visible or sold to spammers.

2. Additional Entry:

Once you’ve completed the mandatory entry, you can double your chances of winning by adding a second entry by doing the following:

1. Leave a comment on this article answering the question “How do you use Skype to save money on calls?”

2. Confirm your entry using the Rafflecopter Widget

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  • Contest will run from March 20th, 2014 at 12:00 am PST through April 16th at 12:00 am PST
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  • Open only to permanent legal U.S. residents 18 years or older physically residing in the fifty (50) United States of America and the District of Columbia, excluding the state of Rhode Island.
  • Prizes are delivered by Wise Bread. Wise Bread is the host and administrator of this contest.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply. Click here for more details.

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Mary Happymommy

We keep in touch with relatives in other countries by using Skype. We don't even have long distance calling on our phones so Skype is the best way to reach them.

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Susie Eckert

We have two daughters each that did a semester abroad. International phone service wasn't in our budget, but we actually communicated more while they were in Europe than when they were on their US campus! Using an Itouch, they could Skype anytime they had access to free internet. My favorite experience was when our daughter Skyped the Olympic torch parade in London. She was standing just outside the entrance to the subway, I mean "tube", which has free public internet access. Talk about the next best thing to being there!!! We got tours of many places they visited, street views from internet cafes, and detailed visits from their Oxford campus....all real time. It was awesome and best of all-free!554

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Susie Eckert

We have two daughters each that did a semester abroad. International phone service wasn't in our budget, but we actually communicated more while they were in Europe than when they were on their US campus! Using an Itouch, they could Skype anytime they had access to free internet. My favorite experience was when our daughter Skyped the Olympic torch parade in London. She was standing just outside the entrance to the subway, I mean "tube", which has free public internet access. Talk about the next best thing to being there!!! We got tours of many places they visited, street views from internet cafes, and detailed visits from their Oxford campus....all real time. It was awesome and best of all-free!554

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Kristine R.

It's easy to save with Skype! Computer to Computer calls are free (which is what I do the majority of) and you can even call landlines for better rates than the phone company! With Skype there's really no need for a landline :)

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Shannon

Skype is great for international calls.

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Anu

I was gifted stocks on the London Exchange so I've used skype to call London a few times. I already had skype and it was much simpler than finding a calling card or alternate service.

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Diane

I use Skype to contact my sons at home when we travel to Europe. Our cell plan is very expensive for international travel and sometimes does not work.

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CR Williams

I use it to make free call nationwide

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Monica

We haven't recently, but I loved to save money on talking to my husband when he was over seas. It was nice to have the option of voice as well as video chat- sometimes the connection wasn't good enough for video but I still loved to get his phone calls. Now we really only communicate with people stateside and just use our cell phones with unlimited minutes.

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Liz

I use Skype to call internationally. The computer to cell phone call feature is such a money saver!

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Nicole N

I use Skype to talk with my sister who lives far away from me!

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Miranda

I use Skype to save money on international calls. I often interview people from other countries for my work. It costs much less to use Skype to call China or Europe than it does to use a landline or a cell phone. Plus, with Skype free when I call other Skype users in Canada, it makes keeping up with my Canadian friends and clients super-inexpensive.

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Kristin Welch

I used Skype all the time when my husband was deployed overseas; much cheaper than him buying minutes to call home. I also have a friend who is currently in England and we use Skype to talk to each other!

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Kristin Welch

Used skype when hubby was deployed and my friend is currently overseas studying in England and we skype each other

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My boyfriend is has been working in Europe since January and he'll be there till June so skype is our way of "dating" in between :)

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Kieran R

I live overseas temporarily and don't own a smartphone so to keep in touch, I adapt to the time difference. I set up an 'open line' Sunday evenings with Skype open. While I do laundry and clean in my apt., I get surprise calls from everyone! Predictably, my parents and best friends call in, too so sometimes we get to do group chat!

I also work in freelance, so I set up a separate Skype account with my professional title and organize calls with clients or - if necessary-buy Skype credit to call their cell phone or landline. It's easy to call anywhere with it!

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Sage

I save money by voice chatting with my friends back in Thailand. I was an exchange student in Thailand and skype is a great way to stay in contact and keep my language skills

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Shawn

I use Skype when I am traveling so I don't have an expensive phone bill when I get home!

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Jim Wang

I record all my podcast episodes via Skype and I try to make as many phone calls on Skype as possible so I can save my cell phone minutes.

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Pamela

Skype has saved me so much money thoughout the years because it has allowed me to call friends and family internationally. I went from having to throw down upwards of $50 dollars here and there just to buy those calling cards that I would quickly burn through. However, it is has done so much more than just save money. It has saved me in moments where I need to contact someone as soon as possible and I can't find my phone. It has saved me heartache when I can't be with my loved ones by facilitating face to face communication. I could go on and on. The most significant memory I have is getting the chance to Skype with my 100 year old grandmother. I will never ever forget that. It was both comical and touching to be able to talk to her thousands of miles away. Skype might save money but most importantly it allows for real human moments to be shared.

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Kelly V

Skype is absolutely how we stay connected with our family and friends across the US and the world. Our little girl is able to see her grandparents and cousins. It's wonderful and will continue to be so important as a possible long-distance relocation is pending. Also, being able to make calls and have a local number as well is essential to keeping our cell phone bills within their plan limits.

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TJ

My husband left to work in the UAE and since I am in the middle of my studies I could not join. Having just begun our lives, long distance calls are really expensive for our meager budgets and it is Skype that helps us keep in touch on a daily basis. Plus via Skype I have been able to connect with some old friends I would never get to see otherwise

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Lance

I use Skype to call my online friends. Rather than set up a conference call on an expensive software, I use Skype for free.

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Kim

Skype is great for international calls. My background is in global health so I have lots of friends and colleagues in places like Africa and the Pacific. Skype is a great and inexpensive way to call their mobile phones if Internet is spotty.

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Jason S

I talk to my family.

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Ernest S.

I use Skype to keep in contact with friends overseas, and when traveling, I use it to call my family. The rates are pretty competitive, and I love that I can adjust the caller-ID to be my US phone number so people know it's me calling.

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Mandy

I use skype when I need to chat with overseas friends.

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OFG

I call my parents via Skype. Added bonus they get to see their two year old grandson play in the background.

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Robert Fantom

We use Skype to talk to family who live out of state

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Geoff K

I use Skype to chat with all of my international friends and colleagues and to stay in touch with closer friends and family when I'm close to exceeding my cell phone plan's monthly minutes!

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Kathy

My son is studying IN florence Italy this semester and we use Skype to video chat once a week and the messaging daily if we need to

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Rachel Travis

I love to keep in touch with family on the west coast using skype!

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jeannine s

We use it to make long distance calls to grandparents to save on money

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Tamar

I use it to chat with friends internationally and to do video calls with family.

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LaCinda Brooks

Skype saves me money by helping me stay in touch with friends and family in other countries. It is easy to use and really helps to stay within budget.

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I saved a lot of money by not having to pay for long distance. We have used @skype to contact our relatives in Hong Kong and China, since my grandma lives here in the US, she likes to keep in touch and talk for hours with relatives there. I'd be scared to see what the bill would look like if we had to pay. I also saved cellphone minutes and data since I can just Skype with my wife and family when I'm away on a business trip or at work. I found @skype to be reliable and fast, and getting in touch with people is so much easier.

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Denise S

I've never used Skype before and don't know much about it.

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Lynda

i keep skype on hand in case my relatives from overseas need to call for emergencies

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Shawn

I used skype to stay in touch with my sister when she went away for college. was great to be able to see her face as we couldnt get together in person.

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Emily

We use Skype to talk to family members all over the country and to see and hear my brother when he is traveling overseas for his job in the military! My kids love to see their uncle!

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robyn paris

i use Skype to save money to call my daughter while she is in school.

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Elizabeth D.

We use Skype every day. We are a blended military family and my daughters Skype with their dad and two sets of grandparents as well as cousins at least one a week each. My husbands children are in another state and we use Skype to connect with them as much as possible as well.
We also use Skype when my husband is gone for school! Being in Alaska, any long distance call is too much money! We love Skype!

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Amy S @queenof5guys

We use skype to stay in touch with relatives in foreign countries. Recently I used it to talk to my cousin in Australia and also a friend in England. So much cheaper than international calling and I love being able to see my lived ones

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Betsy Barnes

My hubby and I Skype when he travels out of town. It's a great way to keep in touch, saving money on long distance bills :)

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Betsy Barnes

My hubby and I use Skype when he travels out of town for business. It is a great way to keep in touch, saving a ton of money on long distance :)

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My family lives 10,000 miles away, and Skype helps me a lot by cutting the international call bills. It went from spending several hundred dollars every couple of months to practically zero dollar. Thank you, Skype!

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Shannon S.

We use it to call multiple people at once. It saves tons of money and time. The kids love to chat and talk with family over dinner and over skype!

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Audrey H.

I use Skype to keep in touch with family when they travel. It's so wonderful to see & speak to them and not have to worry about how much the call will cost or whether roaming fees will apply.

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Syed Sameer Ahmed

Anytime you need your family and friEnds. They are just Skype away.
I connect to my mom and sister in India just for their smile and for their anguish that I am staying away from them.it's just what technology does to people. I talk to them for more than hour on a weekend.

And you know how awesome mothers are... With just a glimpse of eyes and sound of your voice, they can tell that you are happy, sad, hiding secret that's the clarity the skype gives out along with emotions.
Thanks to technology and thanks to Skype. Now I do all my sisters marriage plan on Skype.

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Liz

I use it to talk to my friend's in different countries.

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Kristi

I will use skype instead of making phone calls long distance!

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Jet S.

90% of my family & friends live outside of US that's why @skype is our go to when it comes to talking, chatting & video skyping. i have been a happy user for 10yrs coz they allow me to be close to my family & friends without spending too much money - all i have to do is have a wifi (monthly fee is not that bad or use FREE wifi when i am outside) compared to overseas call @skype is definitely the tool to use coz i can share every special moments w/ my family & friends & not worry bout how expensive my bill will be.
btw. skype also is a great way to use to communicate with my husband when he is out of town for work & not use any minutes on my phone = huge savings on my phone bill!

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Karen L @love2lovemykids

I have been using skype to save money on long distance bills and also so my mom and stepdad can see their new great grandson from afar. Skype is such a wonderful service!

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Guest

When I travel, I rely on Skype instead of paying international calling fees!

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Connie

I've only used a few times so far but think it will be extremely advantageous for saving my hard-earned money.

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Bethany

We have beloved family over-seas so we save oodles!

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Mel

It doesn't save me money for talking. But Skype is the only service I use for video chat.

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Beth

I've used Skype before to communicate with a friend when we needed video sharing in addition to voice. I've also used it to communicate when being trained on the computer. It's easier and less expensive than hanging on to a phone.

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Holly Kennedy

I plan to use it to talk to my fiance who works out of state.

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Stephanie

So excited to try Skype. My niece and nephew (ages 3 and 18 months) just moved about 100 miles away. It's a great deal and will help me "see" them more often.

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I use Skype to call to Germany.

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Lisa Brown

I keep in touch with my mother who lives far away.

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Anna Pry

we use skype to make group calls with family in Hawaii and only have one phone in our home so its cheaper that way

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SB Cee

Keeping in touch face to face instead of using long distance.

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Erika C.

Using SKYPE will definitely help me and my family save on long distance charging on our bill and help us to keep in touch with all of our long distance family and friends.

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kjasus

my parents live oversees for 4 months out of the year and we like to skype with them to stay in touch

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Kyle

love skype! Great way for calling internationally

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Lisa V.

I use Skype for friends who live in places where a long distance phone call would be needed.

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Dericka Buckels

I use Skype to talk to friends throughout the country.

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Susan Smith

I talk to my family who live out of town and my husband uses it to talk to his co workers since he works from home.

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Jacob

I have friends that are always traveling internationally so Skype has been a great way to keep in touch with them. But, mainly, I have been able to save money by not having to be somewhere. I took a workshop on Skype when in order to take it in person I would have had to fly to Los Angeles, stay in a hotel, etc. Saved a lot in travel alone

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Aimee Fontenot

I love to call my relatives that live far away. Long distance is such a hassle.

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nathan mcdonald

I use skype and google voice with a cell phone with no plan and a wifi hot spot.

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Virgil Poore

i use it to skype with my kids and with family in another state.saves on phone cost and we get to see each other on video if we want

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jules m.

i use skype to talk to my bf in vegas

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Seyma Shabbir

We skype with family overseas so we use video chat to chat for free and we use the calling feature for times when the computer is not available.

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s riches

I use skype all the time to call friends all over the USA for free.

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Liz Newsome

I use Skype to call my sister in Spain (or China or Hungary or wherever she happens to be at the moment!). I'm so thankful to not have to pay international calling rates! It was also great to Skype her when I moved to a new place - I used the video call to give her a tour of the place!

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Jennifer Reed

I use Skype to save money on calls by calling out of town relatives instead of using my landline.

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Lily

I used Skype when I was studying abroad in Italy. Phone calls home would have been crazy expensive, but with Skype, I was able to talk to my parents on a regular basis!

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Derek Timm

I use skype to call my friend overseas.

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Carmen

Using Skype helps our daughter's grandparents stay in touch as they live half-way across the country. It also is great because they can see her on the video chat and watch her grow up even when we can't get together in person.

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chickie brewer

You save money by not using your phone.

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Bella Taul

Our family lives all over, from Texas to Colorado to California to South Carolina and even Japan. We recently started using Skype to video chat with everyone, especially my brother, uncle, and grandmother. Skype is so wonderful.

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MARIA simon

I have family far away from me so this would be great...I love to save money :)

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Rebecca B

I have never used Skype to save money on calls but I definitely could if I got all of my friends/family on the same call -- it would save me time and money not to have to make duplicate calls.

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Mihaela Day

I use skype to speak with family in romania :)

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Lauren Olivia Wood

I Skype my dad who travels internationally with his job!

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Jonathan Brigden

Well we save by using the free service, Skype to Skype, online. The only drawback is that it requires both parties to use Skype! ;/

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joti67

I use skype make international call.It really saves my money!

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Eric

To be honest, I haven't used it to save money on calls. I have used it mostly for interviews and conference calls for work.

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Will

Skype is great for when I need to call my folks abroad!

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Ryan G

I use Skype to save my cell phone minutes. It's also nice to be able to catch up and see people face to face every once and awhile. This is great for both personal and family reasons. I like to chat with my family so they can see my two young girls growing up. They live several states over so they don't get to see them in person very often.

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Emily Pellichero

I like to keep in touch with relatives and friends overseas with Skype~ definitely saves money.

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Suzanne Canfield

My sister in law is in the Airforce and gets stationed in Afghanistan so we use skype to talk with her, this way we don't have to add an international plan to our cell phones.

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Raina

I've used Skype for university projects. For a team project this semester, the professor actually has been traveling the world, so we present to him our project progress over Skype.

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CharityS

I am an Army vet, and I use it to contact my friends who are still deployed overseas.

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Nicole

I use Skype when I travel for work and pleasure (about 3 months out of the year). It makes it easy and cheap to stay in touch with friends and family - the phone cards and cell phone minutes overseas are just too expensive!

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Amy Z

My boyfriend and I video chat on my lunch breaks at work!

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Jamie Hamilton

I have friends all over the world. i use skype to talk to them. We stay connected and save money!