Skype App Lets You Pay for Wi-Fi by The Minute at 1 Million Hotspots

You can now use Skype credit to pay for Wi-Fi on the iPhone or iPad. The phone giant launched the Internet "Skype WiFi" Wednesday at the Apple Store, an application that lets you connect to more than 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide - and only pay for the minutes you use . Unlike services like Boingo access point (which powers mobile Skype Wi-Fi), which require a daily pass or a monthly subscription, Skype charges for Wi-Fi Wi-Fi users per minute. Access rates starting at $ 0.06 per minute, but can be longer depending on the supplier. The service has previously been available for laptops under the name "Skype Access."

Why would anyone want to pay online if they have a mobile phone with a data plan? A blog about the new feature, Skype suggests it might be useful to avoid data roaming charges abroad. We might add that it is very useful when your iPhone 3G signal is weak, and you want to download an email vital.

If you find mobile access to pay per minute Wi-Fi tempting, try the application for free this weekend - August 20 and 21 - 60 minutes.