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Skype on Xbox One includes six months of free group video calls

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The Xbox One comes with a special offer from Skype: free group video calls and up to 100 worldwide minutes per month for six months, Microsoft announced today.

The offer, which must be redeemed in the Skype app on Xbox One by March 31, 2014, is available only to Xbox Live Gold subscribers, and is valid only in countries where the console is officially supported — that's the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. It usually costs $4.99 per month to do group video calls through Skype.

The worldwide minutes will allow Skype users to call cellphones and landline phones in more than 50 countries; you can see the full list here.

You can see the Skype app in action in a 12-minute video tour of the Xbox One that Microsoft released today.

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