Skype Access Wi-Fi service announced

Skype has announced a plan to pre-load its app on handsets running on networks with poor 3G connectivity. Skype has taken the opportunity at this year’s MWC in Barcelona to announce its latest development of their own Wi-Fi service known as Skype Access.

The popular VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) provider announced that it plans on expanding its partnerships to cover over 500,000 locations around the world. Skype Access previously is available at around 200,000 locations.

Skype Access allows users to connect to a pay-as-go Wi-Fi hotspot on a per minute basis. The service should prove to be popular among travelers who are used to getting stuck paying for expensive Wi-Fi access per hour or per day just to fire off a few e-mails while waiting in an airport.

Skype has finally announced a deal that they inked well with international partners such as BT Openzone, M3 Connect, Fon, Row 44, Skyrove, Spectrum Interactive, Tomizone and Vex.

“The versions of Skype delivered through this program are optimised for efficient bandwidth usage, keeping you connected with minimal impact on battery life and data usage,” Skype said in a blog post.