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It has started this week. Boingo Wireless, the company that has a global presence in Wi-Fi services, extended its footprint across the U.S. with 4,000 new hotspots. Partnering with Google Play, the network is offering complimentary (that reads free) access on high-footfall locations across the country for users of Android phones and tablets, and also Windows and Mac users. It won’t be free for others of course, but the segment of Android, Windows, and Mac laptop users should be a large chunk in itself. But please note that the free Boingo Wi-Fi is only for September.

Among the 4000 new Wi-Fi hotspots, you have 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. All these are high-traffic spots.

Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo Wireless said about the Google sponsorship –

“Sponsorships like this give users the free Wi-Fi they crave, advertisers the consumer interaction they need, and venues the revenue to offset the costs associated with providing a high-bandwidth Wi-Fi experience.”

The wide swathe of hotspots should be a treat for Android users at least for the free month. Though it is an advertising ploy on the part of Google to make users explore Google Play, it is also an incentive to cut down on your data plan for the month if you are in the vicinity of the hotspots.

Source: Boingo

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  1. John Huntercut
    September 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Google is surely leaving no stone unturned to push people into the Android ecosystem. Kudos to them for that. However, I wonder how good will the deal serve Boingo, especially since so many of the mobile Internet users are on the iOS. Reminds me of the service I had recently used, called Wavespot (http://www.wavespot.net), that didn't just allow the visitors to access the Internet for free, but also created a tight social integration with Facebook and Twitter. At least, I could use my iPhone to access the Internet there.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 15, 2012 at 4:43 am

      Who knows, maybe Boingo could have the statistics for that. No one would go for a tie-up without numbers to back them up. Mac users can avail of the offer, but not iOS.

  2. Serra
    September 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I still can't get their web based wifi finder to work on Firefox on my Hackintosh. Any ideas why? Just comes up to a blank page when I enter my zip code and hit go.

    • Saikat Basu
      September 15, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Try Chrome. The screenshot above is taken on Chrome.

  3. Mihovil Pletikos
    September 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    but this will make nexus 7 even more usefull.... :)

  4. Kao Vang
    September 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Forget about complaining that it is in the US. I'm in the US and I don't even get it. :D

  5. Nikhil Pandey
    September 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    :( Only us o.O

  6. Ahmed Khalil
    September 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

    only USA, i hate that looks like USA is the only market which recognized by producers

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