Skype is STILL free to use.  So long as you call computer to computer.  We use skype to talk with our daughter Ashley who is still in California and Lori's Mom in Reno.  It's so cool with webcams!  We opened our Christmas gifts together while online chatting!  As close to being there as possible! 

There was some confusion as to whether or not Skype would still be free after the first of the year.  The answer is yes for computer to computer...however, If you call a landline or cell number, you have to pay.  Click here for the rates: