SkypeOut now free in US and Canada

Skype has went out and done the crazy thing that’s going to help the rest of us out.

The only condition is that we have said free SkypeOut within the US and Canada is guaranteed to last until the end of this year — that is, until December 31, 2006. We’re not quite sure yet what we will do after that. Maybe we extend the free period, maybe not. You’ll hear more about this towards the end of the year.

Sounds to us like it’s a PR stunt to gain users, but hey, we’re not going to complain. Not with free.
UPDATE (11:01PM): Looks like Skype users are having problems. Those that fall in the range of 70.0.0.0-79.255.255.255 might experience difficulties with SkypeOut working. Apparently those IPs are blocked from the free SkypeOut. Oops.
UPDATE (5/16): Fixed now.
Via Skype