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Worksnug Doubles Number Of Elsewhere Workspaces Worldwide Through Collaboration With Skype Access 
2011-02-11  General
 
 

WorkSnug makes getting connected even easier
Now users can get connected and pay in just a few clicks with Skype Access

Barcelona – February 14th, 2011 - WorkSnug, the fast-growing community for mobile workers, along with the global leaders in communication headsets, Plantronics, and leading Internet communications company Skype today announce a collaboration to help mobile workers find the best workspaces for their needs and facilitate quick and easy pay-as-you-go internet access. 

WorkSnug connects mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work by showing users the closest WiFi hotspots and cafe workspaces. WorkSnug currently has tens of thousands of workspace locations for mobile workers to choose from and is today doubling this figure through the partnership with Skype. In addition to enjoying a wider choice of places to connect to the internet, WorkSnug users will also be able to find Skype Access locations using WorkSnug’s innovative Augmented Reality tool or by logging onto www.worksnug.com. Skype Access is a product that lets Skype users quickly and easily connect to the internet and pay-as-you-go by using their Skype Credit as payment.

Since February 2010, WorkSnug has more than doubled its coverage and now offers an excellent service in more than twenty of the world’s largest cities, including London, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, New York, San Francisco and Amsterdam and is present in almost every world city*.

“Skype prides itself on being easy, affordable and accessible to those who wish to get connected, wherever they may be,” says Shadi Mahassel, product manager for Skype Access. “Worksnug’s new mobile app makes it simple for Skype users to find the closest Skype Access hotspot to quickly get online for voice and video calls, instant messaging or sending important emails and documents.”

WorkSnug founder Richard Leyland added, “It’s the whole package. Now mobile workers will have more choice than ever before to find the right WiFi enabled workspace, be able to easily connect to the internet, and have an enjoyable communication experience.”

WorkSnug user feedback since launch has revealed that ambient noise is the largest single barrier to productive and relaxing work in public spaces such as cafes and public transport hubs, with the
Plantronics Decibel Meter app showing the average decibel reading to be 67dB - considerably higher than the recommended maximum noise level in a workplace* for optimum concentration.

“As audio specialists and leading experts in the headset market, we at Plantronics understand the acoustic challenges faced by mobile workers and the importance of a quality sound environment,” said Stuart Bradshaw, Plantronics EMEA Head of User Segment Marketing “Plantronics’ portable and Skype-certified headsets are ideal for mobile workers who need to concentrate in a noisy environment. The .Audio 646 and .Audio 655 both feature noise-cancelling microphones and advanced DSP technology that work together to ensure background noise is eliminated and you can be heard clearly”.
 
Skype is offering customers 20% off the standard price of Plantronics’ Skype-certified .Audio 655 when purchased through the Skype Shop. For more information go to http://www.skype.com/go/plx

WorkSnug features the addition of the Plantronics VoIP Checker, which assesses public WiFi networks against a series of measures, including jitter, latency and download speed which predict VoIP call performance. Now users can make an informed decision on whether to use their softphone to make a call or whether to use their mobile.

Check out WorkSnug whilst you’re in Barcelona to uncover several hundred places to connect, including many around the congress venue, making this the perfect app for MWC delegates and nomadic workers alike. WorkSnug features ratings of WiFi, noise levels, power provision and even the quality of the coffee. Reviews can be accessed at worksnug.com or by downloading WorkSnug from the iTunes store.

WorkSnug is now also available for users of the Blackberry in addition to the iPhone and iPod Touch.



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