Volcanic Ash: More Skype calls & free WiFi to world’s travellers

23. April 2010 at 16:37

http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/skype_logo_large.pngThe Eyjafjallajökull really troubled the air traffic as well as millions of air travelers. However, the volcanic ash had also its advantages for a couple of us. One if which is Skype. Skype users made over 20 million minutes more video calls than normal in five days, roughly the same time it would take to make over 2000 trips to the moon, and back – or the same time as more than 2.5 million flights from London to New York.

This number is showing, how many people are using skype on their phones.  Since Skype is available for Symbian, more and more Symbian users use Skype for their phone calls.

Also, Skype is making Skype Access, the one-click WiFi access feature, available for free at over 100,000 hotspots worldwide from midday Wednesday this week until the end of Friday 23 April.Skype is removing the normal charges made for Skype Access until the end of the week so that travellers can surf the web, email and make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls at over 100,000 WiFi hotspots in cafés, hotels and airports worldwide – including the vast majority of international airports. From 12.00 GMT on Wednesday 21 April to 23.59 GMT on Friday 23 April, Skype Access will be completely free to use.