Skype announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today that the Skype Access program will be expanded in partnership with several Wi-Fi hotspot providers worldwide.
Skype subscribers will be able to use Skype pay-as-you-go credits to pay for Wi-Fi access hotspot instead of paying (usually expensive) lump sums for an hour or day of coverage. Compatible with Mac and Windows, Skype Access will be valid at over 500,000 hotspots hosted by the following partners:
- BT Openzone
- M3 Connect
- Row 44
- Spectrum Interactive
Rates range from $0.05 to to $0.19 per minute. If you're lucky enough to be in Spain between now and February 18 (perhaps for MWC?), Skype Access will be completely free. Next time I come across a Wi-Fi hotspot from one of these providers on my world travels, I'm certainly testing it out with my Skype credits.
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