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February 28, 2017updated 01 Mar 2017 12:59pm

Microsoft kills Skype WiFi service

Skype WiFi currently covers more than 2 million internet hotspots globally.

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft is discontinuing its Skype WiFi service from 31 March 2017.

Users will not be able to download the Skype WiFi application, and even if they still have Skype WiFi installed after the deadline, the application will no longer be able to find and use hotspots.

If a user has Skype Credit that has been purchased for Skype WiFi, it can be used for Skype’s other features, such as calling mobiles and landlines.

Users are being urged to contact Skype Customer Service for a refund if they don’t want to use their Skype Credit.

Originally called Skype Access and launched back in 2009, Skype WiFi currently covers more than 2 million internet hotspots globally.

The service launched back in 2009 and provided a way to consolidate numerous public and private WiFi networks around the world under one payment service. Official Skype WiFi apps were released for iOS, Android, and Windows devices.

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No specific reason was mentioned for the service closure but the company’s team mentioned on a support page that Skype WiFi is retiring globally so that the company can better focus its efforts on bringing users the best possible experience through its core Skype features.

The software giant already has similar service dubbed Microsoft Wi-Fi for Windows 10 devices alone. There is no clarity on whether the company is retiring it along with Skype WiFi.

With Microsoft Wi-Fi, users can get online in more places on their Windows 10 PC.

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They should buy a data plan to get connected to participating paid Wi-Fi networks. There are no contracts or recurring charges. It will not ask for a separate sign-in process.

Last September, Microsoft said it will close Skype’s London office as part of its efforts to consolidate its presence in the UK. The decision to close the office put 220 positions at risk.

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