E.T. Skype home

It’s just gotten easier and cheaper to phone home from almost anywhere in the world.

Skype, the internet telephone service that allows users to make phone calls over the internet to other Skype users free of charge, has just announced its new service: unlimited international calls to 34 nations for $9.95 per month. That includes calls made from your computer to land lines and mobile phones. And that’s really cheap.

So if you’re taking a round-the-world trip, say, and your grandmother isn’t ready to learn how to use Skype, then you can call her at home from an internet cafe. No more phone cards and learning how to use the various public phone systems that seem to change with each country.

It might not be long before even E.T. can really phone home.