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Skype partners with high street retailers to launch UK top-up scheme

Popular video calling service Skype has partnered with a number of prominent UK retailers to launch a series of pre-paid cards allowing users to add funds to their account on the go.

Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsbury's and WHSmith will all sell the top-up cards at select outlets, making for a total of 1,400 stockists nationwide.

The Skype cards will be available in increments of £10 or £20, which can be redeemed online. The cards can be used as gift cards and feature a 19-digit PIN number that can be entered securely into the Skype website. The cards will then give you access to paid-for Skype services such as Skype-to-phone calls, text messages and group video conferencing.

You can also use the card to sign up for Skype's subscription packages. These include £5.74 per month for unlimited calls to European landlines, or £9.76 per month to open it out to the entire world.

The added service follows news last week that Skype has released Skype 6.0 for desktop-based Windows and Mac operating systems.

Skype also recently announced a standalone app for Microsoft's new tile-based operating system - Windows 8.

For more on the Redmond-based firm's radical new operating system, check out ITProPortal's Windows 8 review.