Although normal online access to Skype's voice over Internet Protocol services is free to those connecting via PC, access to the Cloud's Wi-Fi networkfrom SMC Networks and a monthly payment of about $13 (6.99 pounds).
Niall Murphy, the Cloud's chief technology officer, said Tuesday that the deal "marks the start of a real low-cost alternative to traditional telecoms services."
The service will launch in the U.K. this month and spread to other European countries by the end of the year..
At the moment, theis the SMCWSKP100 model, which costs about $277. But a Cloud representative confirmed to ZDNet UK that the company is "actively to ensure these products work well in the public Wi-Fi environment."
Wi-Fi hot spots are available in retail outlets, hotels and airports. The Cloud has also started adding outdoor hot spots in nine cities across the U.K.
David Meyer of ZDNet UK reported from London.