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Re: Using Skype to Call NANP Numbers

Mr Joseph Singer (
Fri, 19 May 2006 13:42:58 PDT

18 May 2006 18:12:12 -0000 John Levine <> srote:

> What wasn't clear to me from the announcement was whether the call
> is free if it's placed within the US and Canada, or whether it
> terminates within the US and Canada. The former implies originating
> in the targeted area, whereas the latter could originate anywhere.

> The latter, calls to US and Canada numbers are now free. (You would
> already know this if you had spent 10 seconds pointing your browser at
> .) Skype has only the vaguest idea of where
> you're located.

If you'll read the notice it's for people *in* the US and Canada to
make free calls. It's not for people calling into the US. And indeed
Skype can indeed determine where you're calling from by the IP address
used to access the service. It's the same deal that when I'm in
Israel and access my yahoo mail which is on the US Yahoo service I get
served Hebrew adverts in Israel. They know where you are really they
do!! What I get is determined by my originating IP address.

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