Skype has announced plans to roll out pre-paid cards in the United Kingdom. The cards will allow customers to purchase Skype credit from 1400 shops around the country without having to part with their credit card information. The cards will be available in Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys' and WHSmith branches in the gift card sections of each participating location.
The cards will be available in £10 and £20 denominations and can be redeemed online at skype.com against Skype paid features including sending text messages, video calls with multiple people, unlimited calls to a country of your choice, access to Skype's network of over a million global WiFi hotspots.
"We see Skype Prepaid Cards as yet another option for users to get more out of the Skype experience, either as a way to add Skype Credit to their account or as a perfect gift for friends and family to allow them to keep in touch more easily," said Enrico Noseda, Head of Market Development for the EMEA region at Skype. "The Skype Credit can be used in whichever way and on whichever device best suits the user, making it as easy as possible to be together whenever we are apart."
Topping up your account is as easy as uncovering a PIN under the scratch panel on the back of the card and entering it online for activation. Just remember that you need to use the card within a year of purchase, otherwise it'll expire.