Skype Access: pay for WiFi conveniently via Skype

As a longtime Skype user, I was pleased to see that Skype now allows me to pay for Wi-Fi access in places that charge for Wi-Fi (such as airports) without going through the trouble of getting out the credit card, typing in the details, and authenticating via a cumbersome login screen. This is very handy when you are in an airport or other location where you don’t have a lot of time and you don’t want to pay the hourly rate because you only want 10 minutes to check email. The service is called Skype Access.

All you do is select the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to, and if it is a network that works with Skype, Skype will pop-up a message asking if you want to pay using your Skype credit. You can view the Wi-Fi networks that work with Skype Access and check out the rates.

Although I prefer to use my Boingo account when I travel, Boingo does not have roaming agreements with all Wi-Fi operators. Skype Access would come in handy in those instances.