Skype WiFi App for iPhone Lets Users Access Hotspots
The service is available for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch at more than 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world.The Internet phone service giant Skype, recently acquired by Microsoft, launched an application on Apple's App Store that lets users access WiFi hotspots around the world and pay with Skype Credit. Aimed at travelers abroad and those who always want Internet access, the free app's connection rates start at $0.06 cents a minute. The service is available for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at more than 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants. There are no limits on the amount of data a user can upload or download, the company noted in a release. "Skype WiFi is great for travelers all over the world: It's a must-have app, for your iPhone or iPad whether you're on a business trip or enjoying holidays abroad. Skype WiFi offers you a cost-effective and easy way to get online with an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad," the company wrote in a blog post. "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."
Skype recently launched a free application geared for the iPad, which is currently available via the App Store, and includes features such as the ability to make video calls with the front and back cameras and instant message contacts. For the iPad version of the application, users need enough room for the 16.3MB download, which requires iOS 4.0 or later.