Skype WiFi app for Windows 8 helps travelers get online cheap

Skype WiFi app for Windows 8

Microsoft released a new Windows 8 app called Skype WiFi and it’s an app that let users to connect online over 1 million paid hotspots around the world. The idea is to alleviate the cost of internet access for people who spend a lot of time traveling and they need online access on their Windows 8 devices (e.g., laptops, ultrabooks, tablets, etc.) at airports, hotels, train stations, bars and restaurants.

Remember that this is a different app, it’s not your traditional VoIP and video conferencing application. This is a totally separate app for Windows 8.

How Skype WiFi works?

Once you install Skype WiFi from the Windows Store, you’ll need to sign-in with your regular Skype account username and password. Then when you find yourself on a place far away from home, open the Windows 8 app, click or tap Connect and you’ll be able to browse the internet, go to Facebook, Twitter, upload and download files, and basically everything you can do with your internet at home.

The only catch, though, is that it’s not free, I mean the app itself is, but you need to pay for the minutes used, there is no data cap, and money will come from your Skype Credit account. So make sure you have those credit before going online. Also keep in mind that price may vary depending on the hotspot service you’re trying to get access to. (For more info visit this Skype page.)

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Details

  • Category: Travel
  • Languages: English (USA)
  • Age Rating: 12+
  • Permission: This app needs access to the internet and location
  • Price: Free
  • Publisher: Skype
  • Download: Get it from the Windows Store

Supported architectures

  • x86/x64 (Windows 8)
  • ARM (Windows RT)

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About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.