Pay for wifi by the minute with Skype’s new mobile app

Skype has launched a new iOS mobile app, called Skype Wifi, that lets you use Skype credits to buy wifi time by the minute at over 1,000,000 hotspots all over the world.

It’s the first such service to charge for small amounts of time—up to this point, the best you could hope for would be a day pass.

The service is ideal for those travelling abroad, as well as iPod Touch and wifi iPad users, for example.

Rates start at 6 cents per minute, or just 4 dollars per hour.

And here’s a bonus:

To celebrate the new Skype WiFi app and to give you a chance to try it out, Skype WiFi will be free around the globe from Saturday 20th August 00:00 till Sunday 21st August 23:59 BST for a maximum of 60 minutes [Maximum of four 15 minute sessions]. To enjoy free wireless access, download Skype WiFi on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch or make sure you have the latest Skype software on your computer. Find yourself a hotspot and connect!