UPDATE 2: June 12, 2015 – After more than 6 weeks of free and discounted calls into and out of Nepal, we are reinstating our normal calling prices to landlines and mobiles from Monday 15 June 2015. Skype to Skype audio/video calls will remain free for everyone.
To read more about call costs and to purchase credit to make Skype calls to landlines and mobiles globally from any location, please visit <https://go.skype.com/prices>
We hope this service has been helpful to those affected by the events in Nepal.
UPDATE: May 5, 2015 – In the aftermath of the tragic earthquake in Nepal, we have seen significant uptake of free Skype calls to landlines and mobiles in and out of the country. In order to continue providing support over a longer term, we will continue to offer free Skype calls from Nepal to landlines and mobiles worldwide for at least another month. From 11:59 am PDT today, Skype calls to landlines and mobiles into Nepal will be charged at a discounted rate of $0.10/minute. (Skype to Skype audio/video calls continue to be free).
Microsoft is deeply saddened by the devastating events of the Nepal earthquake and we extend our deepest sympathies to all whom have been impacted. We are providing a minimum of $1 million in donations of cash, technology and services to the rescue and recovery effort in Nepal.
This includes an immediate monetary donation to NetHope – a consortium of 40+ international non-governmental organizations that specializes in improving IT connectivity among humanitarian organizations in developing countries and areas affected by disaster – to support the nonprofit’s deployment and response operations.
In addition, we want to help provide people with alternative methods of communication to reach friends and family in the region during this difficult time and therefore, we are making all Skype calls to landlines and mobiles in and out of Nepal free of charge, with immediate effect.
As well, we have activated our internal Microsoft employee Giving web site to encourage and match donations from Microsoft employees to first-responder organizations in the region, including American Red Cross, Direct Relief, International Medical Corps, Mercy Corps and World Vision.
Finally, we are in the midst of direct conversations with government officials, nonprofits and businesses in the region to determine the best deployment of our technology in this time of need and hour by hour, we will continue to assess how our technology and people can help with the rescue and relief efforts in Nepal.