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The Cloud (Wi-Fi) Goes VoIP

Posted: 19th Jul, 2005 By: MarkJ
European Wi-Fi hotspot operator The Cloud has linked up to Skype's new aggregated network, which many will know for its free Voice-over-IP (VoIP) services:

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 move is likely to put further pressure on mobile operators, which fear 'voice' competition from Wi-Fi providers. More @ The Register.
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