Skype WiFi Can Make Wireless Connected Travel Easier, Cheaper
We’ve all been there, in an airport or coffee shop with some Wi-Fi service we don’t know, trust, or simply don’t want to sign up for. But getting connected to the Internet is crucial for getting work done, and oftentimes 3G tethering just won’t cut it. What to do? Skype may have the answer: Skype WiFi will make the connection for you, and all you need to do is have credit in your Skype account …
It’s an ingenious solution to a unique first-world problem. Who wants to go through the process signing up for yet another Wi-Fi connection service? Who wants all that personal information floating around out there? How good is that service going to be? And who wants to pay for an all-day pass when all they need is an hour or two?
Skype WiFi solves those issues. Open up the Skype WiFi app (iOS, Windows or Mac) and pick the Wi-Fi connection you want to connect to. Skype WiFi will then tell you how much that connection will cost you, connect you and bill your Skype account instead. Doesn’t matter how much you download or how long you’re connected, it’s a flat rate.
The catch? You need to be on a supported third-party Wi-Fi network that works with Skype WiFi. Skype has an extensive list of networks in different countries, but options currently are not unlimited. There are, however, a good variety of hotspot locations (Skype boasts more than 1 million), including hotels (Best Western) and airplane Wi-Fi hotspots (including Boingo/GoGo Inflight). If Skype WiFi proliferates, it would be nice to see it work with local cable provider hotspots, such as OptimumOnline WiFi, which floats around everywhere here on Long Island.
VARs, does this sound like a way to boost to your travel-related productivity? Let us know. In the meantime, I’ll be trying out Skype WiFi on the next business trip I take.