You could argue that the world would be a better, faster, and smarter place if it just had free Wi-Fi everywhere. And while that's a tall, tall task, Google and Boingo are stepping up the challenge, if only in a relatively small way. The two companies have announced today that millions of people will have access to free Wi-Fi at more than 4,000 hotspots thanks to Google Play. The Wi-Fi hotspots are part of Boingo's Cloud Nine Media platform, a global advertising network that enables brand advertisers to reach a captive audience through Wi-Fi sponsorships.
Starting this week, Wi-Fi users with Android phones and tablets, as well as Windows and Macintosh laptops, will be offered complimentary Wi-Fi at thousands of high-traffic locations in dozens of cities nationwide, courtesy of cloud-based digital entertainment destination, Google Play. You may notice that Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian, MeeGo and iOS devices are left out, but hey, it's Google powering things -- so, you know, best bring your Android device.
Sponsored Wi-Fi locations include 15 airports, such as New York's John F. Kennedy, Chicago O'Hare and Seattle-Tacoma, Boingo-enabled Manhattan subway stations, and thousands of hotels, shopping malls, cafés and recreational areas. The free Boingo Wi-Fi lasts through the end of September, but we're hoping that both companies get in the holiday spirit and keep things rolling into the new year.