Here is a great tip for you if you want cheaper call rates on Skype. The way the call rate is calculated is by what country you are in when the call is placed. If you are in Hong Kong and need to call someone in the US then the call rate is different than if you were located in the US. What if we could make Skype think we are in the US when placing the call?
In order to make Skype think we are located in the US we need to use connect to a Virtual Private Network also known as VPN. The vpn server will act as a middleman and if we choose a server located in the US Skype will think we are located in the US as well. Hereby we force Skype to charge us the local Skype rate instead of the rate from your country to the US.
So if you are making a lot of calls to the US (or any other country with an appropriate VPN server) is makes a lot of sense to use a VPN connection. VPN is not free but in the long run it can save you a lot of money and headache. The best VPN provider on the market is Hide My Ass and their lines are blazing fast. I suggest getting the 6 or 12 months package as they have the best discounts. They have servers all over the world and you will easily find a connection for your needs. The have great online chat support too if you need help with choosing.