Friday, August 24, 2012

Freebie Friday: Hooray for Hot Spots! Free Wifi From Boingo In Places You Might Not Expect

Subway stations in New York, malls in major cities, airports across the country--all are experiencing a heat wave this summer and it has nothing to do with global climate change. Boingo and Google have set up a number of free "Hot Spots" for Wifi across the country.

Click here to see the list of the Manhattan subway stations that are now connected. Service at these hotspots is free through September 7. Boingo says it will have wired 36 stations by the end of this year (including some of the blockbuster ones, like Times Square and Columbus Circle). It hopes to have all 277 New York City subway stations connected within five years.

New York City is also working to get wifi going above ground, having partnered with VanWagner Communications to turn phone booths into hot spots.

Boing has not released information on which malls it will be making free wifi zones, though it has told the press the 8 malls will be in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. Apparently, all of this free wifi will be commercially sponsored.

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