Boingo And Google Team Up To Bring More Free Wi-Fi To The People

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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.
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rapid1 replied on Wed, Sep 12 2012 9:12 AM

From my house on my smart phone I can see 2wire691, 315, 798, 480 secured WIFI all of which I am pretty sure are network wifi/hard connections and I am pretty sure there Google live cams. So it would seem to me Google has a large amount of connection points already in place. I also know I can see various ones in from my mothers WIFI router I set up for her, and my old address as well they were there although thinner at that time.

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 6:21 AM

Anybody know if people like myself with GNU/Linux installed on our machines will be able to avail ourselves of this service ?...

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shayonpal replied on Thu, Sep 13 2012 8:32 AM

This is an interesting move. A mobile OS vendor who is paying for free WiFi for any user BUT his direct competitor.

WiFi is an interesting space these days. Telcos are getting into it, as well as other players such as transportation companies and city councils. It will be interesting to see how this one ends. There is also another service called Wavespot that don't just provide free Internet at business locations, but also help them market their services over Social Media.

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