Skype has announced a partnership with The cloud wireless hotspot provider in the UK allowing skype users to connect without having to pay access fees.

As part of a special initiative, only available through this partnership, Skype users are automatically connected to Skype as soon as they turn on their Wi-Fi enabled device in a Cloud hotspot. Allowing users to instant message for free over Skype, without needing to log on to Skype Zones.

The Skype Zones service allows Internet telephony via WiFi for €6.18 per month for subscribers or €2.50 for a 2-hour connection.

The Cloud offers nearly 6000 hotspot locations throughout the UK, Sweden and Germany.