Skype is offering free access to Skype WiFi users this weekend. (DENIS BALIBOUSE /REUTERS)

The service, formerly called Skype Access, lets on-the-go users tap into public WiFi networks to check e-mail or make Skype calls for per minute charge — rather than having to subscribe to an hour or day of service, as is common at hotels and conference centers.

Customers only pay for the amount of time they’re online, and not for the amount of information downloaded.

Rates start at $0.06 per minute. To promote the product, Skype is offering up to an hour of free access — four 15-minute sessions — Saturday and Sunday.

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