Festive cheer as Skype offers free Wi-Fi access

Who says nothing in life is free? Image: Skype.

Here’s another piece of pre-Christmas news to help quash the arguments of any anti-festive humbug peddlers: VoIP specialist Skype is offering users access to free Wi-Fi connectivity throughout a host of American airports.

Available to travelers equipped with portable PCs, Macs, and Apple devices powered by iOS, the Wi-Fi offer covers 50 major airport hubs across the states including JFK New York, Boston Logan, San Francisco International, and Chicago O’Hare.

There is a slight caveat to Skype’s gift, however, and that is users can only have one hour of free access. Still, that should be enough to help deal with any annoying delays or sense of cloying pre-flight boredom.

“Skype is setting out to make travel a little more pleasant this holiday season by offering a free hour of Internet access to third-party wireless hotspots within the Skype WiFi hotspot footprint in select airports across the U.S.,” trumpeted Skype’s Linda Summers.

“Skype is excited to help you maintain these meaningful connections wherever you may be this holiday,” she added. “A voice or video call via Skype when you can’t be together for the holidays is the next best thing to being there.”     

The offer begins on December 21 and runs through to December 27. Skype users should make sure they have the latest version of Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, and/or the Skype Wi-Fi application before they travel.

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