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Your Skype Number has both an international and area code, so when you call one from a mobile or landline, local and long distance charges apply. However, what’s great about a Skype Number is that you can choose both the country and the area code. This lets your friends from that area call you on your Skype Number at a local rate.
Here is an example: say you have a Skype Number from New York and a friend calls you up from a regular New York landline. They will only be charged local rates. But if a friend calls your New York Skype Number from Los Angeles, they will be charged the usual long distance fees for a Los Angeles to New York call.
Of course, you can buy a Los Angeles Skype Number, even if you live in New York. You can even buy a Skype Number from some other countries (some countries restrict the sale of Skype Numbers to residents only), which can make receiving international calls a lot cheaper. With Skype Number, your friends can call you at the local call rates, no matter where you are.
Note that before you can set up a Skype Number for certain countries, you need to provide proof of residence.
Learn more about setting up a Skype Number for another country.
Why not find out more about the other great benefits that come with Skype Numbers?
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