Skype has launched a service named Skype Access for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users to stay online with paid Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide using the Skype credit. Skype Access app requires iOS 4.1 or later with multi tasking capability and is now available for free in the App Store.
“The Skype Access app allows you to go online on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad at over one million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide that include hotels, airports, railway stations, restaurants and bars,” said Skype Access product manager, Shadi Mahassel on Wednesday.
He suggested that this service will reduce unnecessary data roaming charges while traveling abroad. He also added that international business people and frequent travelers will find it quite helpful.
Using the Skype credit you don’t need to pay for Wi-Fi on an hourly or daily basis. You can pay only for the minutes that you make use of it. As the service is per-minute, there is no limitation on the data usage for uploading and downloading. So it obviously saves the data transferring charges too.
By going online through the app, you can browse the internet, check emails, change your Facebook status, make Twitter updates, upload photos and even download music or eBooks. If you are not connected to a compatible WiFi network, you can find supported networks through the app.
Mahassel said that the Skype Wi-Fi access price range starts from 4p per minute. But for a trial, Skype Access offers the Wi-Fi service to its users free of cost between Saturday, 20 August 12.00AM (BST) to Sunday, 21 August 11.59PM. During this time, Skype users can have an hour of free Wi-Fi access.