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ASUS Bundles Boingo With Latest Devices

ASUS Bundles Boingo With Latest Devices

Thanks to an agreement between Boingo and ASUS, ASUS Eee PC netbooks will now be preloaded with Boingo software, making it easy for users to locate and access more than 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. In addition, ASUS customers will get a discount of 50% on Boingo’s most popular Wi-Fi access services.

Initially, the Boingo software will be pre-installed on the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, and 1201IN. Additional ASUS ultra mobile PCs are expected to get the software as well, though no other models are officially supported at this time.


Netbook Pioneer ASUS Bundles Boingo with Latest Devices

Boingo Software Pre-installed on Popular ASUS Eee PC Netbooks;
50% Discount for Asus Customers on New Boingo Accounts

LOS ANGELES--Boingo Wireless, the global leader in Wi-Fi, today announced that ASUS Eee PC™ netbooks will be pre-loaded with Boingo software, allowing ASUS users to easily locate and access more than 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide. Additionally, ASUS customers will be offered 50% discounts on Boingo’s most popular Wi-Fi access services.

“In addition, Boingo’s widespread network of more than 125,000 hotspots caters to highly mobile netbook users who can connect just about anywhere.”

The agreement between Boingo and ASUS, the market pioneer in ultra mobile Internet devices, highlights the benefits of connectivity on-the-go with compact PC form factors. Initially, the Boingo software will be pre-installed on the ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, and 1201IN. Support for additional ASUS ultra mobile PCs will be announced as they become available.

“ASUS’ award-winning Eee PC platform is the ideal device to benefit from a Boingo account,” said Allen Pan, director, Asia Pacific for Boingo Wireless. “Small, lightweight and ultra-portable – an Eee PC with worldwide access to Wi-Fi hotspots is a great addition to any digital nomad’s arsenal.”

“With its simple-to-use software and global Wi-Fi service, Boingo is the perfect fit for ASUS Eee PC users, who are accustomed to a user-friendly, highly intuitive computing experience,” said James Tung, Senior Section Manager Software Planning & Management Dept. Product Marketing Division for ASUS. “In addition, Boingo’s widespread network of more than 125,000 hotspots caters to highly mobile netbook users who can connect just about anywhere.”

Netbooks have become wildly popular due to their light weight, low price points and compact size. According to DisplaySearch, an independent analyst firm, 2009 netbook shipments increased 103% compared to the previous year. Asus, who pioneered the netbook category in 2007 when it launched the Eee PC 701 and Eee PC 1001, ranks among the world’s top vendors in sales and market share, according to research firms Canalys, DisplaySearch and IDC.

The ASUS Eee PC 1005PE, 1008P, and 1201IN with Boingo pre-installed are available immediately worldwide. Customers receive 50% off the first three months of Boingo Unlimited or 50% off the first month of Boingo Global accounts; after the promotion period, the accounts will revert to standard charges. A Boingo Unlimited subscription is $9.95 per month for access in the Americas, while a Boingo Global plan costs $59 per month for worldwide Wi-Fi access. To activate the promotional Boingo account on an ASUS EeePC, users simply sign up through the software or visit the promotional page provided by ASUS.
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Is this just bloatware? You can very easily download the software from Boingo.com anytime you want.

More attractive is that ASUS customers will get a discount of 50% on Boingo’s most popular Wi-Fi access services. I wonder if this includes the $9.95 monthly Boingo pass.

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Wow that's a lotta hot spots to have access to.Especially on any laptop I buy I always run decrapifier, I would have to run the expert mode on this one and leave at least one thing besides windows itself.

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Boing Boing Boing (I'm packaging it in my message)

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Boing Boing Boing

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Lol rapid1. It's actually Boing-O.

But I can see why they're pushing their service to users. Like AOL in the late 90s, Boingo is trying to win customers over with convenience. Google has been making plans to offer free Wifi services in certain markets such as airports. Boston Logan airport is to have free wifi soon, and will be supported via an advertising model.

Seeing that a large portion of their customer base are airport junkies, this doesn't bode well for Boingo.

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I know I know, but do you really think that if Mcdonalds is going to do free wifi the first places are not going to be in airports or similar locations at least part of it. So why would I pay for something or even worry about some service somewhere I have never heard of (as a general consumer), when I can just hit Mickey D's grab a coke and wait for my flight as an example.

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That's very true, a lot of airports have McD's already. There's this Wendys at DTW that I always go to whenever I layover in Detroit, just for their free internet.

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So far I haven't seen a single Boingo hotspot, ever. If I bought Asus products, I'd delete this bloat.

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