VoIP provider Skype has teamed up with Wicoms to launch Skype Wi-Fi, a service that will provide free WiFi to people in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The partnership will see the two companies pair up to help local businesses provide internet access for their customers.
"Consumers expect public WiFi," Wicoms explains on its website. "Skype WiFi provides an exceptional experience from a brand they trust."
Business owners can choose from a variety of plans, ranging in price from £10 to £95, which will cover the cost of service for a specific period of time (one month, six months, or a year). All plans come with a free router and free service through the month of October. After that, businesses will have to start paying for the service.
The FAQ reveals that Skype Wi-Fi does have a certain level of filtering and will block certain content 'like pornographic and phishing sites.'
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Good News for small business there I guess :/Reply
greghomeGood News for small business there I guessReply
I think what the article means is that Skype makes these deals so the business can offer the free WIFI to customers; like Starbucks does here. Not a bad idea actually.
meanwhile in the real world business owners just get a regular internet hookup and give customers a little sliver of paper with the password on it. money saved... useless costly additional service avoided.
Not really sure this is massively newsworthy, but it should be welcome by both consumers and businesses. Customers get access to the 'Net and businesses get access to customers. Win-win.Reply
I know some people will moan that it blocks porn stuff and phishing websites, but that's a good thing, you won't want to access those websites in a companyReply