by Andrew Moir
Skype have launched a new app for iOS offering over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
Skype WiFi is a rebranding of Skype Access which was previously only available on Macs and PCs. Unlike other WiFi hotspot services, users are only charged for the time they use and are not forced into buying hourly or daily vouchers. Due to its global nature, the service could see the end of high data roaming costs.
Skype has signed partner deals with a number of hotspot providers including BT Openzone in the UK, M3 Connect in Germany and Tomizone in Australia and New Zealand. These deals will see the app available in a huge variety of locations including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centres, bars and restaurants.
The announcement came via Product Manager Shadi Mahassel on Skype’s blog:
Skype WiFi offers you a cost-effective and easy way to get online with an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. Paying on a per-minute basis for WiFi Internet access is great when you’re abroad as you can avoid data roaming charges when you update Facebook, send a tweet, make a Skype call or upload photos.
Prices through Skype start from 4 pence per minute, depending on the WiFi provider, with no limits on the amount of data you can upload or download. As an incentive to download, Skype WiFi are giving free global access to the service for 48 hours from midnight on 20th August BST for a maximum of 60 minutes.
Skype Wifi is available from Apple’s App Store now.
Will you be downloading this app? Are WiFi hotspots currently overpriced? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.