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Skype WiFi Comes to iOS: Get Online for $0.06 Per Minute

If you’re a frequent traveller, you know how much of a hassle paid WiFi networks can be. For a while now, recent Microsoft acquisition Skype has been trying to make things a bit easier by giving its users the ability to pay for WiFi access with the money that already have on their Skype accounts. Even better, Skype WiFi access is metered by the minute, so you don’t have to pay for an expensive hourly or daily pass just because you need to send an email from your laptop. Until now, Skype Wifi was only available for Windows machines and Macs, but starting today, you will also be able to use Skype’s new Wifi app for iOS to get online.

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Skype is Now Also a Facebook IM Client

Skype, the popular VoIP and text chat service announced a new beta version of its Windows client today. This new version (5.5 beta) doesn’t just include a number of visual enhancements – though it doesn’t do away with the clunky all-in-one interface – but also a deeper integration with Facebook. Skype now lets you chat…

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Skype Wants to Get on More Feature Phones & Expands its WiFi Hotspot Program

Skype just announced its mobile partner program for operators at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This program aims to bring the company’s services to markets with “low 3G broadband penetration.” Skype aims to introduce a new client for feature phones and smartphones that can utilize bandwidth more efficiently and will have “minimal impact on battery life and data usage.

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Skype Toolbar for Firefox Caused 40,000 Crashes Last Week – Now Blocked by Mozilla

Usually, when we talk about plugins that crash our browsers, chances are that we are talking about Flash. Today, however, Mozilla announced that it is blocking the Skype Toolbar from its Firefox browser as it “is one of the top crashers of Mozilla Firefox 3.6.13, and was involved in almost 40,000 crashes of Firefox last week.” The Skype toolbar examines every page you load for phone numbers and then re-renders these as clickable Skype buttons that enable users to initiate Skype calls right from their browser.

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Skype Group Video Calling Comes Out of Beta and Goes Premium

Skype just launched the next update of its client software for windows and while there is little new in this version, the company did move the group video calling feature it introduced just a few months ago behind the premium firewall. Users who want to host video conferences with multiple users will need to get a subscription to Skype Premium ($8.99/month) or get a day pass ($4.99/day).