Checking your email or downloading anything from your smartphone isn’t always easy. This is especially true when you happen to be roaming. Roaming fees will turn an inexpensive smartphone bill into something quite pricey. Turning off that data plan will help combat roaming fees, but, obviously, you won’t be able to use the Internet when your data plan has been switched off.
Skype wants to help you use your smartphone no matter where you are. The popular Internet phone service is now offering Wi-Fi by the minute. Skype WIFI is an app available through the Apple App Store, and it’s bound to become one of the most popular apps available.
How Skype WIFI Works
There are a few other WIFI apps available. Apps such as Boingo allow users to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots all over the world, though you have to pay a monthly fee to use this service. Other apps require users to pay yearly fees, and these costs may add up if you don’t use Wi-Fi that often. Skype’s Wi-Fi offering is slightly different than the rest.
Instead of paying a monthly or yearly fee, Skype WIFI allows users to pay only for the minutes that are actually used. Skype has access to millions of Wi-Fi spots all over the world, and, right now, users will pay around $0.06 per minute to use those spots. This fee may fluctuate slightly depending on the provider used, but the overall cost of Skype WIFI is relatively low.
There are times when it makes sense to use Skype WIFI. When you’re out of the country, out of your area, or when you have a weak signal. When you need to use the Internet, connecting to the Skype WIFI service is simple enough. The whole thing is hooked up to your credit card too, so payment is made easy.
However, I will caution against using Skype WIFI while you’re on vacation or attempting to relax lakeside. Sometimes, it’s best to put the phone down – no matter how tempting it may be to see what’s happening on Twitter or Facebook. One more word of caution: keep track of those minutes, or you may be paying more for Skype WIFI than you originally budgeted for.
If Skype WIFI sounds familiar, it might be because Skype has offered a similar laptop service for awhile now. Skype Access has been part of the laptop world for some time, but Skype has just moved the service over to smartphone usage. Skype WIFI is currently up and running and you can find this app in the App Store as of the publishing of this article.
The new Wi-Fi service from Skype looks promising, and it seems like a service that many people will use. If you ever find yourself in need of the Interne, with no chance of accessing your data plan, consider using Skype WIFI.
This service will cost less than it will to roam with your current plan, and Skype has been a trusted name in all things wireless for some time now. Need even more incentive? How’s this for tempting: Skype is offering Skype WIFI for free this weekend (August 20 and 21, 2011) for 60 minutes per user, so you can discover how great this app really is.