Calling other Skype users is free, but calling landlines or cell phones requires a pay-as-you-go or subscription plan. Here’s how to beef up your account.

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Do you use the free version of Skype for internet calls and video chats? And are you bumping into brick walls when you try to call a mobile phone or landline or another country? It may be time to upgrade your account.

The free flavor of Skype does restrict you to calling other Skype users. But a paid subscription lets you call mobile phones and landlines and certain other countries. Alternatively, you can keep your free account and just purchase Skype credit when you need to call someone’s phone or a person in another country.

Let’s go over the different options for upgrading your Skype subscription so you can call or chat with almost anyone you want.