Hack 64. Make Free Calls While on the Move
Skype Zones provides Skype connectivity around the globe, but at a price. Save money by using free alternatives .
Works with: all versions of Skype.
Skype provides a subscription-based service for Skype users who want to make calls and chat while on the move; in fact, Skype has partnered with Boingo to provide wireless access points that span the globe (see "Roam the World with Skype Zones" [Hack #7] ). But free alternatives are available.
6.6.1. Skype WiFi Program
Seemingly in competition with its paid subscription service, Skype Zones, Skype has a free WiFi program. Through this program, Skype asks that independent providers of wireless Internet access give free Skype-only access to Skype users, and advertise the fact in addition to making their wireless access points Skype friendly. Sadly, a list of participating
The usual rules about bandwidth and latency (see "Test Your Internet Connection Bandwidth" [Hack #33] and "Test Your Internet Connection Latency" [Hack #34] ) as well as Skype friendliness apply, but this is a great way to make and receive free calls while on the move.
6.6.3. Use Someone Else's Machine
You can use a machine with Skype already installed by simply logging off the current Skype user, and then logging in yourself. Of course, first you should ask the machine owner's permission, and you should be aware of the dangers of leaving personal information behind after you're done (see "Erase a Skype
6.6.4. Carry Skype with You
You can install Skype on a borrowed machine, or run Skype from a USB memory stick on a borrowed machine (see "Run Skype from a USB Memory Stick"
Chapter 7. Skype Fun and Play
Section 7.1. Hacks 6569: Introduction
Hack 65. Fun with Ringtones
Hack 66. Band Together with Skype
Hack 67. Stop Incoming Calls from Interrupting Game Play
Hack 68. Learn to Speak a Foreign Language
Hack 69. Build Skype Communities