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Free Voice Calls Via Wi-Fi Hotspots
By: MarkJ - 03 March, 2005 (1:53 PM)

Voice-over-IP provider Skype and broadband wireless (Wi-Fi) hotspot operator Broadreach have teamed up to offer free phone calls at 350 hotspots around the UK this week:

Users will need a Skype account - downloadable for free - and they will then be able to make net calls via wi-fi without paying for net access. Skype allows people to make free PC-based calls to other Skype users.

Users of the system can also make calls to landlines and mobiles for a fee. The system is gaining in popularity and now has 28 million users around the world. Its paid service - dubbed Skype Out - has so far attracted 940,000 users.

It plans to add more paid services with forthcoming launches of video conferencing, voice mail and Skype In, a service which would allow users to receive phone calls from landlines and mobiles.

Somehow we can't imagine the mobile operators being too happy with their new competition. More @ BBC News Online.

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