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Google expands free wifi service

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Mike Shaw

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Devices / iPhone / September 12th 2012 at 3:05PM

No love for iPhone, BlackBerry or WinPho users though, as it's still only open to Android and PCs.

 

Google have worked with Boingo for some time to offer free wifi at a variety of locations across the US, and the number of hotspots has now soared to more than 4,000.

Boingo is one of the largest wifi providers in the world and via Google Play it is able to provide free wifi connections. The catch? Targeted ads. Normally, unlimited access to Boingo wifi hotspots costs $10 a month (with hourly rates in some locations), so it's not really a bad deal.

However, the offer is only open to users with Android phones and tablets, and those with Windows and Macintosh laptops. BlackBerry, Windows Phone and iPhone users dip out.

The locations receiving the free internet access include hotels, restaurants and cafes, as well as malls, subway stations and 15 airports, including JFK and Chicago O'Hare.

Dawn Callahan, VP of consumer marketing, Boingo Wireless, said :“Google Play is the first to take part in our newly expanded wifi sponsorship network, which reaches millions of consumers each month with place-based brand engagements.

“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 wifi experience.”