Skype, Wicoms Provide Free Wi-Fi to UK Customers
October 3, 2012 4:04 PM
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Local businesses will be flipping the bill for the Wi-Fi
Skype is launching a free Wi-Fi service to UK streets that will help brick-and-mortar stores better compete with e-tailers.
Skype has partnered with Wicoms, a
, to place Wi-Fi on UK streets as part of the Skype Access programme. Citizens can access the Wi-Fi for free by simply logging in with Skype IDs or email addresses.
Local businesses will be flipping the bill for the Wi-Fi. They'll pay a monthly fee of £9.99 plus VAT for the service and another £49 for the router. However, the router can come free if they sign up in October.
Businesses stand to win in the deal because the
will attract customers, and each business can send vouchers and discounts directly to customers' mobile phones.
Skype will obviously benefit from the service, as more users will access Skype more often, and customers receive free Wi-Fi, so everyone wins (except customers will have to deal with the annoying ads from businesses).
"Our partnership with Wicoms enhances our ability to make Skype universally accessible and expands on our Wi-Fi strategy, which today provides paid Wi-Fi access at over one million locations worldwide," said Shadi Mahassel, Skype Access programme manager.
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10/3/2012 5:13:47 PM
Is this really needed when you have the likes of BT FON and sky partnering with "The Cloud" hotspots.
RE: BT FON?
10/3/2012 7:31:13 PM
i've never heard a good thing about "the cloud". it's slow and over subscribed from the people i know who used it. 3g is faster
Provide free wifi to help competition against etailers
10/3/2012 4:47:20 PM
Through providing Internet access to people, so that while they visit the brick and mortar stores, they can see what they want and then order them online!
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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