Skype is known for their voice over IP calls, but it is also one of the software applications in the market that supports group video chat (on various platforms). According to Wall Street Journal, the company has announced new group video chat service and subscription plans.

Skype will be launching a free trial of its upgraded software next week, which can allow up to five user to make a video call at the same time. However, according to news sources, the company is going to charge a fee for the group feature later this summer.

In addition, Skype is also rolling out calling plans to more than 170 countries that provide users with savings of up to 60 percent, compared to their standard “Pay As You Go” rates. You can also choose subscription plans available in 60-minute to unlimited packages, and the ability to buy 1-month, 3-month and 12-month calling subscriptions.

Their range of subscriptions start from as low as €0.89* (US$1.09/£.69) per month and offer effective rates as low as €0.01 (US$.01/£.01) per minute to almost any where around the globe.