Skype Unlimited…with Asterisk

I’ve had Skype Unlimited US and Canada for about 7 months now.

I’ve had it understood that unlimited means without limit: not limited; unrestricted; unconfined, boundless; infinite.

Apparently when Unlimited calls is marked with an Asterisk it means 10,000 minutes per month due to a fair usage policy:

that’s 167 hours.

You see the advertised “unlimited calls*” and you think–you believe it won’t have a limit.

Yet there is a limit. That limit is 10,000 minutes/167 hours…

What the freak Skype?!

What now? Those unlimited plans they brought out for cell phones are they also unlimited calls with asterisk too?

Are they limited to 167 hours/10,000 minutes as well?

Why advertise something–label something as unlimited when it’s 10,000 minutes?

Deceptive marketing is what this is.

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2 thoughts on “Skype Unlimited…with Asterisk

  1. Ian says:

    I am so sick of this kind of advertising. You see it everywhere. I wrote a similar post on Blockbuster called When is free not free? Dishonest and misleading advertising!

    http://www.ianhoar.com/2008/01/08/when-is-free-not-free-dishonest-and-misleading-advertising/

    The asterisk basically negates everything an advertisement says. I personally think this misleading and dishonest advertising should not be allowed, but everyone seems to be doing it lately.

  2. I really didn’t know this about Skype. I use it for my business and personal. I haven’t used any international calling but I have a Skype number and I signed up for the 3mo. plan with voicemail. I thought it was strange when I signed up with the 3mo. plan that they said I get FREE voicemail. But really everyone gets the FREE voicemail without upgrading. I like the service and I get great leads to my business with it. I will look closer about those minutes/hours. Thanks for the heads up. I will inform my readers about this.

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