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Skype to expand wireless broadband access
BT Openzone is one of Skype's partners for the innovation.Over half a million wireless broadband hotspots throughout the world can now be used by Skype customers via a pay-as-you-go system.
The company, which has named its product Skype Access, has partnered with providers including BT Openzone to offer the connection.
Existing Skype Credit is required to go online using the Wi-Fi hubs, starting at a price of 4p per minute.
The hotspots range from airports to cafes, hotels and office buildings, so anyone with the latest version of Skype on their computer should be able to get on the web in various places across the globe.
In the UK alone, BT Openzone provides about two million areas where a connection can be made.
Skype made the announcement at the Mobile World Congress, currently taking place in Barcelona. It is likely the service will appeal to those who, rather than paying other providers for a full day, would rather just shell out per minute.