We already dump a lot of mobile data traffic onto our home and office Wi-Fi networks, but in the next few years we’ll be tapping Wi-Fi in a lot more places thanks to new carrier networks.
Change is coming to airports where bored travelers must often confront slow and expensive WiFi.
Boingo is the latest company to take advantage of in-app payments on iOS devices. An update to the Boingo Wi-Finder app lets you sign up for a $7.99 monthly Wi-Fi plan simply by typing your iTunes password.
AT&T’s new deal offer gives international plan customers 1 GB free access over Boingo’s global hotspot network. That wouldn’t be a bad deal if AT&T weren’t already charging you $60-$120 for your data plan.
Boingo and Google have been gradually expanding a free Wi-Fi experiment across the country, using a sponsorship model to open up public hotspots to consumers. But today they scaled big, announcing 4000 new hotspots in the program. There’s a catch though: it’s not available to iPhones.
Google is expanding its free Wi-Fi project with hotspot provider Boingo beyond the subway stations and hotzones of New York City to eight malls across the country, testing whether free wireless access sponsored by its daily deal service Google Offers will work.
On Tuesday, iPass introduced a new Wi-Fi roaming service that is one of many data points in Wi-Fi’s slow transition from home networking tech for geeks to must-have for every mobile device to perhaps another source of carrier revenue. Will carriers charge for Wi-Fi?
Hipmunk, the hot flight-finding service, has added in-flight Wi-Fi as a new metric for travelers. Sure, this is an indication of how deep the web has sunk its talons into us, but working on flights has become pretty much the standard in many offices.
Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless is set to go public Wednesday in what could be a good measure of how hot the wireless boom is. The company is seeking to raise some $75 million with its debut, which comes as IPOs are growing hot again.
To save on mobile broadband costs, hotspots are becoming more attractive than ever but finding them can be tough. Boingo’s new Wi-Finder software for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS now finds out of network hotspots. Wi-Finder can notify when near a hotspot and automatically login.
The Wi-Fi Alliance plans work with equipment providers, carriers and device manufacturers to create a certification program that will enable operators to eventually enable roaming on Wi-Fi networks. That would offer consumers a Wi-Fi experience closer to the seamless connectivity of a cell network.
Boingo is a service that can be indispensable for those who have a mobile lifestyle. I frequently work mobile, so the $10/monthly fee is money well spent. A recent trip demonstrated an alternate method to connect to the web, and that has me considering dropping Boingo.
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.
Boingo Networks, a Wi-Fi hotspot network, said today that it bought Opti-Fi Networks from Parsons Transportation Group and ARINC. Opti-Fi builds and manages Wi-Fi networks for 25 North American airports.
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