Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows – pay for WiFi with your Skype Credit with Skype Access
The beta version of Skype 4.2 is now available to download – you can find out more on the main blog, but I wanted to focus here on Skype Access, a great new feature which arrives on Windows for the first time in 4.2.
Ever been in a café, airport or on a train, wanted to get online and had to fiddle around with credit cards and login details for WiFi networks? Or been in a situation where you want to make a quick Skype call or send a couple of emails, but didn’t want to fork out for an hour’s WiFi access?
Here’s the solution: Skype Access – pay by the minute for WiFi access using your Skype Credit with a single click.
It’s not a substitute for a monthly WiFi subscription, but if you travel a lot, being able to pay by the minute could bring substantial savings. And don’t forget – if your business uses the Business Control Panel, employees can use the credit they’re allocated to pay for WiFi, eliminating the need to put it on expense claims.
Skype Access is available in over 100,000 places around the world through partnerships with local WiFi hotspot network operators. You’ll know you’re in a Skype Access area when you open Skype, connect to a public WiFi network, and a pop-up window appears informing you that Skype Access is available.
Click Start in the Skype Access window to kick things off – and that’s it. You only pay per minute for what you use, and there are no hidden charges. When you’re finished, click the Stop button in the Skype Access window, or exit Skype.
Skype Access provides full access to all internet services – no blocking or filtering, though you’ll have to comply with the hotspot provider’s terms of service.
A very reasonable €0.14 / $0.19 / £0.11 per minute (€0.16 / $0.22 / £0.13 including Luxembourg VAT at 15% where applicable). You can keep tabs on how much you’ve spent by signing in to your account on the Skype website. When you stop Skype Access, the amount will be deducted from your Skype Credit balance. Simple.