Posted by: kurtsh | December 8, 2014

INFO: The Difference between “Skype Unlimited World” & the Skype subscription in the “Microsoft Work & Play Bundle”

imageI want to clarify something I think is very important about what we offer in the Microsoft Work & Play Bundle for $149.

The bundle contains 4 subscriptions in it:

  • Office 365 Home ($99 value)
  • Xbox Live Gold ($59 value)
  • Xbox Music Pass ($99 value)
  • Skype Unlimited World + Wifi
    ($150+ value – NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY)

SKYPE UNLIMITED WORLD != SKYPE UNLIMITED WORLD + WIFI
Notice the “NOT imageAVAILABLE SEPARATELY” above.  The subscription in the Microsoft Work & Play bundle includes Skype WiFi” for a year – not just Skype Unlimited World, which is unlimited worldwide voice calls.

WHAT’S SKYPE WIFI?
Skype WiFi is this awesome service that gives you access to over 2,000,000 WiFi Internet access points.  This is done by connecting you to a number of 3rd party WiFi Services throughout the world.  When you go into hotels, coffee shops, and other locations, they often offer pay-for WiFi access.  This can cost anything from $4.99 to $19.99/hour depending on the length of access.

imageThe most expensive of these is usually GoGo Inflight, the service that provides WiFi Internet access on airplanes like Virgin America, American Airlines, United Air, Japan Airlines, Delta Air, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, etc.

Normally, you use Skype Credit in order to pay for Skype WiFi to connect to GoGo Inflight or another 3rd party WiFi service.  The Skype WiFi that comes with the Work & Play Bundle gives you FREE and UNLIMITED access to all these WiFi Internet services for 1 year. 

In other words, you’re not burning any Skype Credit.  You can use participating WiFi services any time you like, for as long as you like, without any additional charges.

Again, “Skype Unlimited World” purchased separately does not provide access to Skype WiFi.  This is a benefit exclusively of the Work & Play Bundle.

There is no other way to obtain unlimited access to “Skype WiFi”.  For more information on Skype Wifi, visit this page:

UPDATE 12/8/14 1:40PM
I was asked what WiFi Hotspots Skype WiFi users get access to.  I honestly don’t have a list but here’s just a sample of the networks that Skype has agreements with based on their Hotspot finder:

  • GoGo Inflight
  • Advanced Wireless Group WiFi
    (LAX & most major airports)
  • Wyndham Hotel Group
    (Ramada,
    Super 8, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Planet Hollywood, etc.)
  • Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Quality Inn/Suite, Clarion, Sleep Inn)
  • Boingo Wireless
  • Hilton Honors
  • Holiday Inn
  • SpotOn Wireless
  • Marriott Guest Wireless
  • AT&T Wireless
  • iBahn
  • Ethostream
  • Instant Internet
  • FON Network

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