Skype Access and Worksnug Pro – Must-Have Tools
Skype Access and Worksnug Pro For Mobile Travelers –
Must-Have Tools for the Seasoned Road Warrior
by Terry L. Brock
Business travelers can relate to the problems of getting access to the Internet when on the road. If you’re in a city or airport where you need fast access to the Net, it can be a traumatic experience.
I recently had a chance to talk with Shadi Mahassel who oversees Skype Access and he told me about a couple of new developments that Skype has for business travelers to make life on the road much more tolerable.
Skype is expanding its partnership with Wi-Fi providers around the world to help business travelers use their Skype credits for Internet Access. The service, Skype Access, allows Skype users to find an authorized Skype partner who provides Wi-Fi in over 1/2 million hubspots around the world.
This means that you can go into a certified Skype provider and get access to the Net quickly by using your Skype credits, often at a lower cost than through other means. For instance, at Heathrow airport, the minimum charge is 20 GBP to get access to Wi-Fi for the day. With Skype Access you can access the Net to make Skype calls, check your email, check a reservation other Net activities for only 19 cents/minute. If you only need a few minutes use, this approach is much more economical — and time-saving for you, especially when you are on the go.
This saves time in completing online forms and registering (often very time-consuming) for Wi-fi access through other providers. It can be much cheaper, particularly for quick access to the Net before you have to run and jump on another airplane. Also, when you use your Skype credits you don’t risk exposing your credit card over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection. With online criminal activity on the rise, this is a wise security step.
Communication is the lifeblood of business, and internet access is a must-have Without it you lose business, miss out on opportunities and in general have a less than desirable experience. Skype Access is a business tool to have when traveling so you can log into the Net quickly and easily, pay for the charge conveniently with your existing Skype credits and get the job done.
This is a way to eliminate those problems that can occur when you’re on the road. Using this with a Skype Manager account gives the ability to track which employees used specific amounts of money at specific locations. For auditing expenses it is a powerful time saver and business expense manager.
Business travelers will also want to get the new Worksnug Pro app that is available on the Apple App store for free. This app can be just what the weary, battle-scarred road warrior needs. It acts like a trusted advisor when looking for a place to connect to the Net, relax, get some coffee or snacks and get a healthy, safe and comfortable place. Skype has partnered with Worksnug to provide this service to business travelers.
Worksnug Pro is an excellent example of where social networking and social media meet the needs of business travelers. Many business travelers look for convenient locations for accessing the Net, locating good restaurants, coffee shops and more. With Worksnug Pro, you tap into the opinions of others who have been there before. Worksnug is an on-going process to build a community of users worldwide who rate the places they visit sharing important information with others.
This free app on your iPhone, iPad or iTouch can connect you to the community of users who have visited various stores, shops, restaurants and other needed environments for the business traveler. Instead of wondering if it is too loud, too dirty, if the bathrooms are cleaned and a host of other important questions, today’s savvy business traveler can find the best place near them.
Go to the app store through iTunes and download this free app. The next time you’re looking for a really good cup of coffee, a great chicken sandwich or a safe, comfortable Internet Cafe, you’ll be glad you have this app working for you.