Feeds

The Cloud touts Skype Zones support

The benefits of Boingo roaming deal

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

SANS - Survey on application security programs

European wireless ISP The Cloud has added its Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Sweden to Skype's fledgling aggregated network, Skype Zones.

Well, sort of. In fact, many of the sites are already there, courtesy of the 18,000-hotspot deal US-based aggregator Boingo last week signed up to. The Cloud agreed to provide Boingo users with access to its growing network back in October 2003.

Skype Zones currently lists 4,734 compatible hotspots in the UK, of which a good proportion are maintained by The Cloud, a quick comparison of the two location databases reveals. The Cloud maintains some 6,000-odd sites in the UK and Sweden, and all of these will soon be tied into the Skype Zones network, the WISP said. The Swedish sites are not currently listed by Skype Zones.

A company spokesman said The Cloud's Skype tie-in was a "completely separate deal that has been a long time in the making". It offers "unique" features, including a free hour's access to VoIP-only users - ie. folk who don't surf the web or check email too.

"Users with the Skype Zones client will be able to use it in the UK, but will only get the value added services above in The Cloud hotspots," he added.

The standard Skype offering provides two hours' Wi-Fi access for €2.50/$2.95, or you can get unlimited access for €6.50/$7.95 a month. The service, while open to the public, is currently in test mode, and Skype warns that the price may change once the service is given a formal commercial launch.

Skype itself is available on a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and PocketPC. The beta version of Skype Zones is Windows only.

In March, UK public Internet access provider Broadreach began offering Skype calls via its network of 350 ReadyToSurf hotspot locations. Unlike Boingo, Broadreach doesn't charge for the privilege.

Contrary to our earlier report, a Cloud spokesman said the service does include standard Internet access as well as Skype's usual VoIP service. So it's significantly cheaper than dealing with the network direct. The Cloud's prestigious British Library hotspot, for example, costs £9 (€13/$16) for two hours' access - more than five times the Skype Zones' price. Skype will undoubtedly have negotiated an advantageous rate based on its brand strength and the number of users its expects to bring to WISPs' hotspots, but Skype Zones' pricing clearly shows the kind of margins European WISPs ®

Related stories

Wi-Fi provider pitches Skype users
VoIP use on the up-and-up
Project Gizmo challenges Skype
Mobile and VoIP to inherit the earth
Yahoo! buys! Dialpad!
Vodafone Germany goes wireless Lan
UK Wi-Fi network nabs German WISP
The Cloud drifts into Europe with Wi-Fi deals

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades
NBN Co faces huge future Telstra bills and reduces fibre footprint
NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers
Heading off at the pass operation given same priority as blackspot fixing
NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node
Google eyes business service in latest Fiber trials
Lucky Kansas City buggers to host yet another pilot program
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.