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Skype to Offer Free Wifi in Over 50 U.S. Airports This Holiday Season

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A few years ago, Google teamed up with a number of airports in the U.S. to provide travelers with free WiFi during the holidays. This year, it's Skype's turn to make a similar offer. From December 21st thru December 27th, Skype (and, by extension, Microsoft), will offer free access to third-party WiFi hotspots through its Skype WiFi program in over 50 airports all across the U.S. Given that you have to use either Skype for Windows or Mac, or the Skype WiFi app for iOS, this is obviously also a promotion for this service, which the company introduced a few months ago.

This promotion includes virtually all of the major U.S. airports (and quite a few smaller ones) that don't currently offer free WiFi.

Skype's offer is obviously less generous than Google's past promotions (which was valid until January 15th), but if you are traveling during the holidays, now is probably a good time to install Skype's WiFi app on your laptop or iOS device.

Outside of this promotion, Skype WiFi can be a good option if you find yourself in need for a quick Internet fix, but don't need a full hour to just download your email, for example. Prices start at $0.06 per minute, though the app will provide you with the exact pricing depending on whose WiFi network you are using and where you are.



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Skype WiFi Comes to iOS: Get Online for $0.06 Per Minute

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If you’re a frequent traveller, you know how much of a hassle paid WiFi networks can be. For a while now, recent Microsoft acquisition Skype has been trying to make things a bit easier by giving its users the ability to pay for WiFi access with the money they already have on their Skype accounts. Even better, Skype WiFi access is metered by the minute, so you don’t have to pay for an expensive hourly or daily pass just because you need to send an email from your laptop. Prices start at $0.06 per minute, though may be higher depending on the provider. Until now, Skype Wifi was only available for Windows machines and Macs, but starting today, you will also be able to use Skype’s new Wifi app for iOS to get online.

Once opened, the Skype WiFi app simply recognizes that you are on a network that supports payment with Skype credits (there are about a million of these worldwide). Once you sign in, you simply click the “Go Online” button and start using the Internet. Just remember to also go back to the app and click “Disconnect” before you get on your plane or leave that coffee shop in Rome.

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For travellers who don’t want to pay roaming costs while abroad and who just want to get online quickly at the airport to download a book or magazine before a flight, this app could come in very handy. There are no caps on data usage while you are online and you only pay for the time you were actually using the WiFi. Once online, you can also use Skype to make phone calls.

For most people, this is probably a cheaper option than paying for a daily pass, though frequent travellers are probably still better off with monthly data plans from Boingo and similar companies. In order to give people a chance to try Skype WiFi, access will be free anywhere Skype credit is accepted “from┬áSaturday 20th August 00:00 till Sunday 21st August 23:59 BST for a maximum of 60 minutes.”

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