Microsoft and Skype offer free WiFi for Spain next week

You may have heard that Microsoft will be attending the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain next week. You may have also heard that the company plans to make some big announcement at the show, including the launch of a certain Consumer Preview version of Windows 8 on Wednesday. If you happen to be attending the eventMicrosoft and its subsidiary Skype have a nice offer.

In a post on the Skype blog site, the company announced that it will offer all Spain residents and visitors free access to over 24,000 WiFi hotspots in that country. The free period starts on Sunday, February 26 and ends on Thursday. March 1.

Naturally there are a couple of catches to the free deal; residents can access the WiFi hotspots for up to two hours for free that week. In addition, the amount of free time is broken up into four 30 minute segments.

The free WiFi can be accessed via the Skype app for PC and Mac users along with the app for Apple's iOS devices. The Skype app for Android is not a part of this free WiFi offer which is not surprising considering the current fighting between Microsoft and Google.

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Since when a free offering is supposed to be immune from legitimate criticism? One should not be branded ungrateful for doing so either.

2 hours of interrupted WIFI over the course of 5 days is minuscule. It's poor by today's standards. If they opened it up uninterrupted during those 5 days, that's a different kettle of fish. Otherwise, there is no "WOW" factor.

vanx said,
Since when a free offering is supposed to be immune from legitimate criticism? One should not be branded ungrateful for doing so either.

2 hours of interrupted WIFI over the course of 5 days is minuscule. It's poor by today's standards. If they opened it up uninterrupted during those 5 days, that's a different kettle of fish. Otherwise, there is no "WOW" factor.


there is something that lays between the world of WOW and Critisism, its called 'nothing', or 'silence' or whatever you want to call it. The point being just because it doesn't WOW you (and I agree its nothing to throw a party over), doesn't mean the opinion pendulum has to swing all the way over to critisism. Its free, that is all.

vanx said,
Since when a free offering is supposed to be immune from legitimate criticism? One should not be branded ungrateful for doing so either.

2 hours of interrupted WIFI over the course of 5 days is minuscule. It's poor by today's standards. If they opened it up uninterrupted during those 5 days, that's a different kettle of fish. Otherwise, there is no "WOW" factor.


Umm, you may wish to tell Google, Firefox, and Apple fanboys that. Because any criticism of Google services, Firefox, iTunes, Safari, or any other "free" services from those companies immediately brings out the hordes screaming "hater," pitching temper-tantrums like a little child, crying it is unfair. But we know the routine, anything from MS is open to criticism, but don't dare say anything bad about Goog, Apple, etc.

duddit2 said,

there is something that lays between the world of WOW and Critisism, its called 'nothing', or 'silence' or whatever you want to call it. The point being just because it doesn't WOW you (and I agree its nothing to throw a party over), doesn't mean the opinion pendulum has to swing all the way over to critisism. Its free, that is all.

In the end, it's an attention-grabbing headline, rather than something that would be useful to techno geeks who will descend for MWC. Yes, it's free. But free can be awesome and it can also be bleh. This is the latter.

Hmm we already have free unlimited WIFI in plenty of airports, cafe's, restaurants, public transports and hotels, so 4x30min not even available for all devices is hardly exciting.

ichi said,
Hmm we already have free unlimited WIFI in plenty of airports, cafe's, restaurants, public transports and hotels, so 4x30min not even available for all devices is hardly exciting.

regardless, free stuff is hardly worth critising, its really not.

ichi said,
Hmm we already have free unlimited WIFI in plenty of airports, cafe's, restaurants, public transports and hotels, so 4x30min not even available for all devices is hardly exciting.

you have the rudeness + cheek to criticise for a free offering....you should be embarrassed

duddit2 said,

regardless, free stuff is hardly worth critising, its really not.

WP7 said,

you have the rudeness + cheek to criticise for a free offering....you should be embarrassed

OK, now you both go to every Linux thread and start using those arguments against everyone that criticizes anything. /s

Just because it's free doesn't mean we cannot give our opinion about it.

sexypepperoni said,
So its a broken version of WiFi, 30 minutes at a time for a max of 2 hours?

Thanks Microsoft /s

Oh no! Something Microsoft is giving away for free in a place you are not at (and therefore will not use) does not meet your standards. I can understand why you would be so upset.

sexypepperoni said,
So its a broken version of WiFi, 30 minutes at a time for a max of 2 hours?

Thanks Microsoft /s

Or they could give you nothing.

sexypepperoni said,
So its a broken version of WiFi, 30 minutes at a time for a max of 2 hours?

Thanks Microsoft /s


tbh it sounds like Skype only anyway, but I may have read it wrong. But its free stuff, and free stuff is always good.

sexypepperoni said,
So its a broken version of WiFi, 30 minutes at a time for a max of 2 hours?

Thanks Microsoft /s

you have the rudeness + cheek to criticise for a free offering....you should be embarrassed.

you should change your tag to "sad weiner"...more appropriate.

WP7 said,

you have the rudeness + cheek to criticise for a free offering....you should be embarrassed.

you should change your tag to "sad weiner"...more appropriate.

He's a run of the mill apple troll. Disregard.