If I were a cellular phone company executive marketing to on-the-go business travelers, I would be very nervous today.
Especially those business travelers that use notebook computers or other Wi-Fi enabled portable devices.
Why would I be freaked? Well, a portion of my customer base might just decide they don't need to make as many cell calls as they used to.
Why would they think this?
A new service called Skype Zones is being announced today, and actually, is available now. Skype Zones will offer global Wi-Fi access to Skype customers.
The service, from Skype and wireless Internet access provider Boingo Wireless, will be available throughout Boingo's 18,000-location Wi-Fi hotspot network.
This is not standard Skype access via Wi-Fi, but a customized version offered via the Skype Zones service. Skype Zones, which is available for a flat $7.95 a month or $2.95 for a two-hour connection, will run on a Skype-compatible version of Boingo's software.