updated 10:40 am EST, Wed January 31, 2007
Skype for Mac 2.5 released
Skype today announced that Skype for Mac 2.5 has gone into public release, and is available for download via the company's website. "As you know, the beta version of this beautiful piece of software has been available since mid-November. Since then, Skype has worked hard at ironing out the beta wrinkles and is pleased to release a public version into the wild. Skype has even added a nifty little birthday reminder feature, to help you impress your Skype contacts (and secure an invitation to the party)." Skype for Mac 2.5 enables users to send SMS messages to any mobile phone in the world, and Mac users can use Skype to hold conference calls with up to nine other people.
Calls made to Skype contacts are free, and users can call landlines as well as mobile phones for a small fee via SkypeOut. The software also supports free one-on-one video calls, which require broadband internet for each participant. Skype for Mac 2.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
The company also noted that the limited-time promotional plan is coming to an end today: Skype users in the U.S. and Canada to subscribe to the Skype Unlimited Calling plan for the introductory rate of $15 ($18 Cdn) for 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut calls to landline or mobile phone numbers in the U.S. or Canada. Beginning February 1st, the regular rate will be $30 ($35 Cdn) for the same 12 months of unlimited SkypeOut calls.