Boingo And AT&T Team Up On Global Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

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Looking to stay connected regardless of your destination? It's a tough thing to accomplish, particularly when that destination is overseas. Boingo has become a pretty popular name when it comes to global hotspots, and AT&T has been doing a fine job of expanding its Wi-Fi hotspots as well. Now, the two companies are putting their heads together with a new Wi-Fi roaming agreement. Travelers abroad can now gain access, via the AT&T Wi-Fi International App, to Boingo's global network of Wi-Fi hotspots managed and operated by Boingo's subsidiary, Concourse Communications Group. The AT&T Wi-Fi International App lets AT&T customers on applicable data global packages access up to 1GB of Wi-Fi each month at no additional charge.

The total Boingo managed and operated network reaches more than 1.5 billion people worldwide annually. Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots at major international airports are available to AT&T customers today, with service continuing to expand throughout 2013.Additionally, as part of the agreement, Boingo customers traveling in the United States will also be able to access AT&T's network of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country, including airports, restaurants, sporting arenas and retail locations.

The AT&T Wi-Fi International app is available to AT&T customers who subscribe to either the 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global Add-On package, which is quite unfortunate; in order to get a bit of free Wi-Fi, you've got to pony up for a global roaming plan first. Still, a solid move in the right direction.
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AKnudson replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 1:14 AM

I don't understand the need for wireless hot spots if you can just use data plans. At&T requires one anyway. What use or extra added value does this produce for the average user?

I have no context to understand the significance of this new development.

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 1:43 PM

Biongo user's who pay a monthly fee now have more hotspots they can connect to.

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Clixxer replied on Wed, Apr 10 2013 1:47 PM

I'm not a AT&T customer but this could be a cheaper alternative for people who go international or something. If you are only going on vacation and they charge you $30 bucks or something so you can use wi-fi on your phone while on vacation out of country then it might be worth it or something.

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