07/10/2013
Save on Skype Fees by Using a VPN

For people who live overseas, the Internet is a big blessing. Because of the Internet, it’s much easier and faster to communicate with our family and friends abroad. It’s also cheaper. Aside from that, the Internet also allows us to check our bank statements and other financial records online. No need to spend long hours on the phone just to inquire. Also, if you love watching movies and TV shows, the Internet allows you to watch them in your local language.

Back in the day, the biggest problem for people working or living overseas was keeping in touch with folks at home. The phone lines were unreliable at times. Sometimes there were power outages. Phone lines easily break because of various reasons. Aside from that, the cost of calling home was so high and most people were discouraged because of this. There was no Internet and Skype at that time, and that’s why some people would simply resort to the traditional way of communication, which is through letters.

Thanks to Skype, we don’t have these kinds of problems anymore. Calling home was done with just a click of a button. The best thing about it is that it’s free. You just have to make use of the computer and a good Internet connection. However, if the person you’re calling doesn’t have a computer, there are still high rates if you want to use your Skype account to call them.

Because of this, Skype came up with offering paid accounts for members. The rates vary depending on the country you live in. This is a big concern especially when you’re living in a country where the international call rates are very high, as compared to other countries. If you’re in the US or UK, your Skype account will have the lowest rates as compared to the rest of the world. That’s just unfair.

For example, take a look at this scenario. If you’re living in Mexico and you make use of your Skype account to call up a phone number, the rate is 0.10 cents per minute. However, if you’re living in the US, that rate significantly goes down to 0.02 cents per minute. It’s a very big deal when you’re going to make a lot of calls.

You would be surprised that there’s a simple solution here. In order for you to benefit from the low US Skype account rates; you just need to make sure that Skype thinks that you’re making the call from the US. How is this possible? Yes, and we will show it in our blog. With the help of a VPN service, you can have your own US Skype account wherever you are.

How Does Skype Detect Your Country?

For those who are not familiar in technical terms, each computer has a unique series of numbers when you connect to the Internet. This series of numbers is called your IP address. This IP address will show which country you are connecting from, and Skype can read this to assign the proper rates for your location.

What you need to do now is to change your IP address so that it would seem that you are connecting from the US or UK. With the help of a VPN service, this is possible.

A VPN service, or Virtual Private Network Service, gives you a secure line of connection to the Internet by using the servers in the country of your choice. So, when you access Skype through a US-based VPN server, Skype will think that you’re somewhere in the United States. Now, you can enjoy lower rates when calling someone outside the US.

Another good thing about this is that if the person you’re calling has caller ID, your ID will show a US-based number. If you’re calling without using the VPN service, the caller ID will just show “Unknown.” The problem with this is that the person you’re calling might reject or ignore your call thinking that you’re just a telemarketer.

Where can I find a VPN Service?

Having a VPN service is very cost-effective. For as low as $5 per month, you can enjoy the many benefits of a VPN service. After making the initial payment, you just have to install the VPN application from the VPN service website. Now, you just have to choose which country you want to connect through, which will show where you are connecting from.