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Skype gift cards hit the UK highstreet

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Skype-test-logo.jpgSkype will be introducing prepaid gift cards to the UK highstreet after signing deals with a number of leading UK shops.

The voice and video calling service will now offer £10 and £20 gift cards, stocked in 1,400 Asda, Currys, PC World, WHSmiths and Sainsbury's stores up and down the country. They'll be found in the gift card area alongside the likes of Amazon and iTunes prepaid cards.

Katie Walley, head of Cards and Lending at Asda Money, said, "At Asda we are committed to helping our customers save money every day," said

"We see Skype as an ideal way to make communicating more affordable, and the Skype Prepaid Cards will be available in over 200 stores over the coming months."

Sainsbury's Shelly Roberts echoed the sentiment:

"It's great news that our partnership with Skype means that these cards, which will be available in over 400 Sainsbury's stores, will allow our customers to remain in contact with their friends and family cost effectively."

Though many features of Skype are free, such as one-to-one video calling and voice-over-internet calling, premium features such as video conferencing and calls to landlines or mobiles are charged. These giftcards can be used to pay for these premium features, as well as being used to pay for £4.99 per month Skype subscriptions.

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