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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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Tech Thursday Deals – 3/10/2011


Taking the plunge on the iPad 2? Check out the new selection of cases from Case Logic. We like the compact netbook sleeve for $21.99. Or if you’re accident-prone, consider the water-resistant case for $29.99. (Via Case Logic) The iPhone 4 with 32 GB of memory is going for $299.99 at Best Buy (list: $799.99). Or get the 16GB version for only $199.99 (list: $699.99).  A two-year service plan with Verizon is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 3.5-inch multi-touch display and 5 MP camera. (Via Best Buy) If you’re in the market for a compact camera bag that fits your various accessories, check out the Canon Deluxe Gadget Bag for $34.95 (list: $50.00). Customers gave the bag an average rating of four and a half out of five stars but say it’s most ideal for those looking for a bag on the smaller side. (Via Amazon) The Android-powered Samsung Vibrant is on sale at Amazon for only $69.99 (list: $599.99). A service plan with T-Mobile is required. Specs include 3G and Wi-Fi, 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, 5 MP camera and 16GB internal memory. (Via Dealzmodo) Nick Bilton, lead writer for the New York Times tech blog, is the author