Skype just launched a new iOS application that lets users locate Wi-Fi hotspots where they can pay for access using Skype Credit. It currently supports over 1 million hotspots worldwide, including those found in hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants. The advantage of using this app over buying a voucher directly with the hotspot service provider is that you would only pay for the actual minutes you use, explains Skype.
Paying per-minute rates instead of buying a block of time can help travelers save money since sometimes you only need a quick minute of Internet access for a fast email check, status update or tweet, for example. With the new app, that’s easy to do.
Free Wi-Fi at Launch
The Skype Wi-Fi rates start at U.S. $0.06/4p/€0,05 (inclusive of VAT) per minute and there are no limits on the amount of data you can upload or download. And to promote the app’s launch, Skype is offering free Wi-Fi from Saturday August 20th (00:00) to Sunday August 21st (23:59) BST for a max of 60 minutes.
To use the app, simply sign in with your same Skype username and password then tap “go online” to get connected.
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype was founded by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis who were also the founders of the file sharing application Kazaa. Skype has also become popular for its additional...