SkypeOut free to all US and Canada phones!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

Skype just announced that all calls from Skype to any phone in the US and Canada will be free until the end of the year!  This is great news for some.  I have posted about my Linksys CIT 200 Skype Phone before.  I use it to save me a bundle on calls to South Africa using SkypeOut.  Now we can use it to call in the US too.  We currently spend $59.02 on our SBC, now AT&T phone bill of which only $19.89 is for local and 911 service.  The $39.13 is for long distance.  Removing that part of our service from the phone and using the Skype phone instead for outgoing long distance calls is going to save us $273.91 by the end of the year.

Then at the end of the year, if Skype does not extend their offer, we’ll simply add long distance back to our plan with AT&T.

Thank you Skype /Ebay for saving us a bundle!!! 




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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