|Country||Skype Unlimitied World|
|Macedonia, Republic of||N/A|
|Mexico||landlines in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey|
|Russia||landlines in Moscow and St.Petersburg only|
|U.S. Virgin Islands*||N/A|
This table only lists the countries where there are differences between the plans (specifically, where the Skype plan lacks coverage, since there are no countries included in the Skype plan that are not also included in the Vonage plan). For instance, the “Vonage World” plan includes landlines and mobiles in Puerto Rico whereas the Skype “Unlimited World” plan only includes landlines in Puerto Rico. Likewise, the Vonage plan supposedly includes all landlines in Mexico, while the Skype plan includes only landlines in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Both plans include the following countries with (apparently) equal coverage: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada*, Chile, China*, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong*, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore*, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand*, United Kingdom, United States*
Both plans have hidden limits. For the Vonage plan, the limit is 5,000 minutes per month (section 5.4 of the TOS http://www.vonage.com/tos/index.php). For Skype, the limits on this so-called “unlimited” plan are “10,000 minutes per user per month, with a maximum of 6 hours per day. Also, no more than 50 different numbers in total can be called per day” (see http://www.skype.com/legal/terms/fair_usage/).
The Vonage World plan is $24.95/mo while the Skype plan is $12.95/mo. They are apples and oranges to a degree, as the Vonage service includes a phone number and hardware box and is used with a regular phone (no need to leave your computer on all the time to receive calls and no need to use your computer to place calls). The Skype service requires that you place calls using your computer and it does not include a number for receiving calls. Vonage is meant to replace a standard landline and work with a regular telephone while Skype is just for use on your computer. But that’s not the topic of this post, which simply compares the countries included in the two plans for outbound calling.
If you’re calling the countries listed above, you probably know how much those countries cost to know whether this plan would benefit you. I would guess that India and Mexico would be the big draws, as there are few flat-rate plans offered to these countries and per-minute rates are significant.