Skype just announced at MWC 2011 that it has expanded its Skype Access coverage to over 500,000 hotspots. The Skype Access service was introduced back in January 2009 and provides pay-per-minute access to WiFi hotspots around the world. With this service, users can take advantage of Wi-Fi hotspots without having to pay by the day or by the hour, and can conveniently pay only as much as they use with their Skype Credit.
Skype Access is made possible through partnerships between Skype and Wi-Fi hotspot providers throughout the world. Skype’s newest partner has expanded their coverage to 500,000 hotspots including 500 airports and 30,000 hotels.
Here’s a list of current Skype Access partners:
• BT Openzone – The largest Wi-Fi hotspot provider in the UK.
• Fon – This is billed as the “world’s largest Wi-Fi network.”
• M3 Connect – Major German Wi-Fi provider.
• Row 44 – An in-flight broadband platform that serves many international flights.
• Skyrove – A hotspot provider in South Africa.
• Spectrum Interactive – A Wi-Fi provider in the UK with a focus on the travel and media sector.
• Tomizone – A Wi-Fi provider in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
• Vex – A South African Wi-Fi provider.
Skype is offering the service for free to users in Spain until February 18. To use the service, make sure you have the latest version of Skype setup on your computer.
[Via Yahoo News]