Why Skype-Boingo deal is big baloney?

If you read the press release, nothing much. For $7.95 a month, you get unlimited Skype usage at any Boingo hotspot, even if you are not at Boingo member. It doesn’t mean you get free WiFi, you just get to use Skype, as some have misreported. (AA fact checked this!) In the press release it clearly says, “unlimited Wi-Fi access for Skype Internet telephony calls is available for $7.95 per month.” You can go cheap – $2.95 for two hours. I repeat – you can only use Skype.

No email, no web surfing or no IM. You would need a special version of Boingo-Skype client. (What… another download…. you guys must be….!) You don’t get free SkypeOut or nothing….nada. You don’t have to jump through the hoops – because for another twenty bucks, you can get unlimited internet access and as much Skype. I am sorry this is nothing but a week old bagel.

Andy rightfully points out “this also puts the pressure on T-Mobile and SBC to come up with a softphone offering that works with their hot spots.”