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Broadreach Networks and Skype Deliver Voice over Wi-Fi
Posted: 05-Mar-2005 [Source: Skype]

[Broadreach chosen by Skype as their UKI launch partner for Voice over WiFi as ReadytoSurf(tm) sites becomes ReadytoTalk(tm) sites with Skype.]

London -- Broadreach Networks, one of the UK's leading independent Internet location providers and Skype Technologies S.A., the Global Internet Telephony Company(ym), announced a partnership offering free Voice over Wi-Fi. Broadreach will open its network of 350 ReadytoSurf fixed and Wi-Fi wireless Internet locations in popular train stations, cafes and retail outlets across the UK to allow all Skype users free access to Skype. Starting today, wherever there is a ReadytoSurf hotspot, Skype users will enjoy the benefits of their Skype account at no charge while away from the home or office.

This partnership allows Skype's users in the UK to extend their reach to the growing base of more than 28 million global users. The new traffic will boost usage of Broadreach's ReadytoSurf hotspots and users will be charged for access to data services like Web browsing and email.

Broadreach's network of internet locations, which has a combined footfall of over 1bn per year, includes major brands like Virgin Megastores, Eurostar, Travelodge, Moto, Little Chef, Virgin Trains, EAT , Choice Hotels and Quality Inn and major railway stations including all the London terminals. Broadreach is the first hotspot operator to have secured a deal of this sort with Skype and is the launch partner in the UK. Global peer-to-peer Internet telephony company, Skype, offers a free, feature-rich multi-mode communications software with unrivalled call quality. Free Skype features include instant messaging with group chat, 5-party conference calling, file transfer, and easy mobility with the ability to sign in to a Skype account from any Internet connected PC anywhere in the world, a user-built global contact directory with numerous search options and an easy add-a-contact tool. Skype also offers SkypeOut, a pre-paid service that allows calls to landline and mobile numbers worldwide at low calling rates.

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