Skype has released a new iOS application to offer users cheaper and easier access to over one million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world.
Skype Wi-Fi, previously known as Skype Access on PCs and Macs, is an aggregator of Wi-Fi services such BT Openzone, The Cloud, et al and allows users the ability to connect to any of them using their Skype Credit.
The difference from earlier Skype apps is that instead of paying for an hour or day’s access, Skype’s service charges you by the minute, thus saving money if you only need to quickly check your email or make a Skype call.
Rates start at 4p per minute, although with free Wi-FI hotspots becoming commonplace in most urban areas and even suburbs, you could end up paying nowt anyway.
"With the new Skype Wi-Fi app, you can go online on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at over 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centres, bars and restaurants,” the company said in its blog.
To celebrate the launch of the app, Skype is offering the 60 minutes of the service (divided into four capped sessions of 15 minutes each) free from any location around the world this weekend.
The app is free to download right now free from the App Store.