Skype giving away free holiday Wi-Fi at select U.S. airports

The company will provide free Wi-Fi at more than 50 airports across the U.S. for holiday travelers who want to reach out to family and friends.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Travelers stuck at the airport during the holidays will find at least one free gift, courtesy of Skype.

The IP-based calling service is offering free Wi-Fi at more than 50 airports across the U.S. from December 21 though December 27. People traveling through any of the select airports will be able to log on to a Skype Wi-Fi connection via their PC, Mac, or Apple iOS device to make a video or voice call.

The gift package includes airports in some of the country's major hubs, such as Atlanta; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Miami; Chicago; San Francisco; and New York City, with all the airports displayed on a map in a recent Skype blog post.


Skype users can tap in to the free Wi-Fi via the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. Go to Tools | Options | Skype Wi-Fi Access.
  3. Click the check box to Enable Skype Wi-Fi Access.
  4. Connect to a Wi-Fi public hot spot.
  5. In the Skype menu bar, click Tools | Skype Wi-Fi Access.
  6. Follow the instructions to join a compatible public Wi-Fi network.

The free Wi-Fi can come in handy, especially around the holidays. Though more airports have been adding Wi-Fi coverage, some offer it only in certain terminals or specific areas.

About the author

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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