VIRGINIA, Dec. 13 – eoecho.com | PR News –  Beginning next month, SkypeOut calls (computer to non-PC phones) will no longer be free. The company announced today that they would start to charge an annual fee, but calls from PC to PC will still be free.

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Unlimited calling costs just $29.95 per year. You'll receive the discounted rate of $14.95 if you purchase a plan before January 31, 2007. Users can pay 2.1 cents per minute without a plan. Don Albert, Skype’s general manager for North America, told The New York Times, “We see a willingness by consumers to make SkypeOut calls that are well priced.”

SkypeOut calls were free. Given VOIP companies such as Vonage charge about $25 per month, Skype will remain the best deal on the net. 

Hat tip to TechCrunch.com for alerting us to the change in Skype's service.