Huge news for folks who don’t want or need expensive 3G data plans: Boingo is expected tomorrow to introduce a monthly $39 flat-rate WiFi plan. I’m paying roughly half of that, $20 a month, for my T-Mobile Hotspot plan that allows me Internet access. The difference: I have about 8,000 WiFi locations available to me, while Boingo has cobbled together a WiFi infrastructure with over 100,000 locations globally. For the avid traveler, this type of plan could be a productivity boon while cutting data plan expenditures on EV-DO and HDSPA in nearly in half.
If you’re not a jet-setter, you can still take advantage of Boingo’s network in your area: Boingo Unlimited is currently $21.95 a month although premium international locations could add further feeds. Plan B is to check out FON: a service that provides routers to individuals who then share their home or business broadband connection. I have a FON router myself, but haven’t yet used someone else’s FON connection as they’re too far and few between at the moment.