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It’s a big day at Boingo! The office is buzzing today. For a lot of reasons. We started the day with the announcement of our multi-year agreement with Sprint. This relationship will bring blazing-fast connectivity to millions of Sprint customers through “Wi-Fi offload.” As pioneers in the Wi-Fi space, carrier Wi-Fi offload is a promise we’ve been working toward for years, and that day is finally here. As more and more consumers have more and more mobile devices that consume more and more bandwidth, the pressure on cellular networks intensifies. By offloading mobile traffic to unlicensed spectrum – in this case, carrier-grade Boingo hotspots – forward-thinking carriers like Sprint will deliver a better mobile experience to their customers. Here’s how it works: Sprint devices within proximity of a Boingo hotspot will automatically connect to our Wi-Fi network, seamlessly and securely. It will be invisible to the consumer – there is nothing she needs to do – no software to download, no passwords to remember, no hoops to jump through. It just happens. As Sprint’s CTO Stephen Bye said, “By enabling our customers to move seamlessly between secure Wi-Fi and cellular, our customers will have a better mobile experience in more

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Hello, Project Fi: Google Launches Cell Phone Service Featuring Wi-Fi


It’s an exciting day to be in Wi-Fi! Today, Google announced Project Fi, a new wireless service that will mix traditional cellular service (provided by Sprint and T-Mobile) with Wi-Fi service (free and open public hotspots). “Wherever you’re connected to Wi-Fi — whether that’s at home, your favorite coffee shop or your Batcave — you can talk and text like you normally do,” wrote Nick Fox, Google’s vice president of communications products, in a blog post. “If you leave an area of Wi-Fi coverage, your call will seamlessly transition from Wi-Fi to cell networks so your conversation doesn’t skip a beat.” Google’s move into a Wi-Fi based wireless service helps prove once again that the “Wi-Fi First” world is a reality. There is now more mobile data traffic on Wi-Fi than cellular, and that is expected to accelerate over the next several years. Wi-Fi First products that were being led by start-ups like Republic Wireless and FreedomPop are now amplified by heavyweights such as Cablevision and T-Mobile. With Google and Project Fi jumping in to the mix, it is clear that the separation of cellular and Wi-Fi is now gone. By enabling seamless connectivity between cellular and Wi-Fi – like

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What IS Boingo, Anyway?


I have a confession to make. I like to chat it up. So when I was vacationing with my family last week in Washington DC and someone struck up a conversation, I didn’t shy away. While I was standing in a restaurant waiting for a table, I was mistaken for a grad student as there happened to be an MBA mixer going on that evening. Even though my cover was quickly blown when my 9 year old asked me when we were going to be seated (again), the student and I kept talking. He asked me about what it was like to be a “grown up” and about my line of work. After I convinced him to never grow up, I told him about my career in marketing and about Boingo. He said Boingo sounded familiar, so I took this golden opportunity to evangelize! I asked him what he knew about Boingo and he said, “Is it Wi-Fi in airports?” That’s usually the response most people give – and for good reason. Boingo operates the Wi-Fi network at more than 70 major airports worldwide. In fact, 60% of all North American passenger traffic goes through an airport where Boingo runs

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There Really Might be a “Silver Bullet”


We athletes spend a lot of time wishing – maybe even hoping and praying – that there’s one “silver bullet” that offers the answer to better performance and health. How’s that working out for us? That being said, I believe I have an interesting take on this issue. I recently read a very informative book by Joe Friel called Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of your Life. If you’re a young buck, don’t be so quick to roll your eyes. The title of this book could just as easily have been: How to Race Strong – for Everyone. It just so happens that what makes you a success when you’re a younger athlete is the same thing that will make you a success as you age. So where does this silver bullet business come in? Is there a single thing that could make the difference? Maybe. Friel contends that as we age, we tend to believe that our training should get gentler, so we back off and slow down. He counters (with plenty of proof points) that regardless of age, the body is able to handle intense training, and those who maintain a good, structured

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Culture and Tech Blended


The 2015 SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin, TX has come to a close. For those cave dwellers out there who may not have heard, SXSW (meaning “South by Southwest”) is a series of interactive meetings and events focused on emerging technologies, film and musical entertainment. Over the last couple of weeks, attendees have been treated to presentations and exhibits with topics ranging from new media and entertainment, to advancements in wearable devices and health monitoring tech. Basically, it’s the only place on earth where it would make sense to find Snoop Dogg mixing with robots. This year, the focus was heavily centered around wearable technology and Artificial Intelligence. There was even a debate as to whether advances in AI could be too much of a good thing. Before we tell you our favorite from the event, here are some of the major topics covered at SXSW 2015: It’s All About the Self:  Live streaming apps: Meerkat, Periscope, Teleparty and Stre.am were all big hits. It’s all about taking the selfie to the next level with streaming video. Also featured: Selfie sticks, GIF photo booths, and a bunch of people roaming around taking pictures of themselves. Robotics: Prosthetics: Advances in robotics have made way for prosthetics with almost fully functional

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How Passpoint Changes the Game


Like many parents with school-age kids, you’ll find me most weekends at a neighborhood park or in the bleachers rooting for my son’s teams. Last week I was at my older son’s lacrosse game (go Sea Hawks!) with my younger son in tow. The little guy isn’t exactly the biggest lacrosse fan, but as luck would have it, there was a Time Warner Cable Passpoint Wi-Fi signal at the park, so he was able to get online with his tablet to pass the time. Thanks to a roaming agreement with Time Warner Cable, Boingo subscribers can now access more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots just like the one at the park – absolutely free. And because it was Passpoint-enabled, my son got connected automatically, without the need for a login password or special software. Passpoint is to Wi-Fi what peanut butter is to jelly. Quite simply, Passpoint is new technology that streamlines the process of getting online. No more searching for a signal or fumbling with login screens. Passpoint does all that work for you. It finds and connects to Passpoint-enabled Wi-Fi signals automatically. What’s more, Passpoint offers built-in security, which protects you on open Wi-Fi signals. And it delivers speeds

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Twenty-Three Seasons…..and Counting (Preparing for # 24)


[EDITOR’S NOTE: Our very own resident butt-kicker, Cherie Gruenfeld, was recently named USA Triathlon’s Women’s Grand Masters Triathlete of the Year. At 71, Cherie continues to shatter conceptions about what is possible at ANY age! We are so incredibly proud of her (and terrified she’s going to ask us when we last worked out). Boingo is so proud to help sponsor Team Cherie, and even prouder to support the great work of her foundation, Exceeding Expectations, which helps inner-city kids move their lives in a positive direction using triathlon as the vehicle.] Continue reading

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Launching Passpoint Connectivity Deep in the Heart of Texas


Austin Bergstrom-International Airport has always been a tech trailblazer. This year they became one of the first airports in the world to offer seamless, secure Wi-Fi through Boingo’s Passpoint Secure network. Read on for more details, and to check out our case study video! Continue reading

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World Premiere: Get an Inside Look at Boingo!


Ever wondered what it’s like to work at Boingo? Check out our new video for a peek inside our fun and exciting company! Continue reading

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University of Houston Cougars Football Fans Get Connected with Boingo


Just in time for college football season, Boingo brings Wi-Fi to areas of the new University of Houston TDECU Stadium! Continue reading