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Skype offers free WiFi at US airports for the holidays

first_imgTake it from a guy who’s flying at 5AM on Boxing Day: holiday travel is hard enough, and it’s made even less enjoyable by spotty or overpriced internet access. Skype has announced that it’s going to soften the blow for scores of U.S. travellers this holiday season by offering free Wi-Fi access at 50 airports.There are some caveats, of course. Free Skype Wi-Fi is only available from December 21st to the 27th. You’ll also need the Skype app on your Windows or Mac laptop or the Skype Wi-Fi app for your iOS device in order to make a connection, and it’s not all-you-can-eat. You get an hour for free, but that’s certainly enough to check your email and have a quick video chat with your folks before take-off. If you’re going to do some heavy surfing, just head over to the Skype website and buy additional Skype credit. Rates are pretty reasonable, starting at less than $4 per hour.On a good note, unlike Skype did when it launched the Wi-Fi access component of its service, you’re at least not limited to  four 15-minute sessions. If you want to blather on to your cousin for a whole hour, you’re good to go.And before you get your rage on with the folks at Skype because your airport isn’t on the list (e.g. Philadelphia and Tampa), check to make sure that it’s not already blanketed by a free Wi-Fi signal. Many airports in the U.S. offer gratis internet access — the Skype offer gives folks passing through less up-to-date (or perhaps generous?) airports a taste of the good life during the holidays, too.More at Skypelast_img read more