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The first iPad owners are going to be looking for Wi-Fi hotspots from day one due to the lack of integrated 3G. It’s the same for most notebooks, and a provider of Wi-Fi access has announced a program making hotspot access easy for iPad owners.

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The first iPad owners are all going to be looking for Wi-Fi hotspots from day one due to the lack of integrated 3G. This is no different from most notebooks, and one of the biggest Wi-Fi providers has announced a new way to make purchasing hotspot access easier for iPad owners. Boingo is the provider that has access to over 125,000 hotspots world-wide, and they have launched a new app that allows iPad owners to purchase hourly access through an existing iTunes account.

Boingo has monthly subscriptions that allow unlimited access, but this new program allows those who only need access occasionally to grab it in one-hour chunks on the go. The chunks of access are sold in 60 minute chunks of consecutive access for $1.99, and are purchased through an existing iTunes account. The Boingo app works on the iPhone/ iPod Touch as well as the iPad, and notifies the user when a Boingo hotspot is available. Boingo hotspots cover many of the usual locations that people frequent — hotels, airports and Starbucks chief among them.

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  1. Only FIVE MORE DAYS !!

    I plan on calling the office and will track down my delivery truck first thing Sat Morning and get it myself ASAP. This has worked for me in the past. If I show ID they will unload package from their truck. They really don’t have a choice in the matter since I usually block them with my car so they cannot escape my wrath.

    iPad mania !!

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  2. Confirmed: My iPad order is on its way via Fast Boat from China !

    Should arrive early Saturday morning. I can’t wait.

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  3. I have a question in with Boingo to clarify if those of us with existing Boingo accounts for our laptops can use that with the iPad. There is a separate “Mobile” account that is designed for phones only and if that’s the one for the iPad then existing customers like me will be left out in the cold.

    Boingo also has a Combo plan that works on both phones and laptops but that is $17.95/ month. I don’t want to pay another $8/month just for the iPad.

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  4. Many places have free wifi now.

    I don’t know about airports (this is where you might really need this service)

    I travel, but am driving, so I don’t see the need.

    Starbucks has free two-hour sessions per day now if you have a Starbucks card I believe.

    The hotels that used to charge extra are now all free (to be competitive).

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