Telecommunications giant Skype is offering free Skype Access for five days as part of the Internet Week Europe which takes place from the 8th to the 12th of November.
Skype Access allows your laptop to access Skype Access compatible hotspot; it does require the latest version of Skype for Mac or Windows (but nothing for Linux users).
Users normally have to ad credit and sign in and select a network after which they are charged 13p per minute wherever they are. There are more than 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots covered by Skype worldwide which means that you ought to be adequately covered
For the IWE though, only London Hotspots are part of the promotion; these includes The Cloud, BT Openzone but alas, no Freerunner; Skype also allows you to switch hotspots seamlessly if one is not performing as expected.
That said, there are other cheaper products; The Cloud sells its single "Cloud Unlimited" access for £6.95 per month in London, which means that you only need to spend 55 minutes using it in one month for it to pay for itself.
Similarly, BT Openzone is free for millions of BT Broadband users across the country; clearly then, Skype Access could be useful for consumers that roam frequently but not for those who work or commute in London.