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:
- Sign in to Skype.
- Go to Tools | Options | Skype Wi-Fi Access.
- Click the check box to Enable Skype Wi-Fi Access.
- Connect to a Wi-Fi public hot spot.
- In the Skype menu bar, click Tools | Skype Wi-Fi Access.
- 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.