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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Smartphones Outrank Deodorant on Vacation

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This guest post is authored by Scott Phillips, Boingo’s Vice President of Airports. When it comes to packing for vacation, which items are on your can’t-leave-home-without list? Would it surprise you to learn that Americans ranked smartphones as the most important travel item after passports?

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Boingo Ad Guru to Present at WBA Wi-Fi Global Congress

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Sebastian Tonkin will deliver his presentation, Free Public Wi-Fi: Defining the Value Proposition, at the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek of what he will cover: hotspot trends, adoption rates of location-based services; and advice for wireless operators seeking to optimize revenue streams in the era of “free Wi-Fi.” Continue reading

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Boingo’s George Metalsky Presents at ICSC Florida Conference

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George Metalsky shared his insights on how consumers are using smartphones in the retail environment at the ICSC Florida Conference, where thousands of shopping center industry professionals gathered to learn about innovation in their industry.
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Google Offers: Boldly Going Where No Brand Has Gone Before – Subway Station Wi-Fi Networks


Through Boingo’s location-based media services, Google Offers is the first brand to reach one of the most connected, mobile commerce savvy, always on-the-go audiences in the U.S. – New Yorkers – in a location where they were previously disconnected: subway stations. Google Offers is sponsoring Boingo Wi-Fi in six subway stations and more than 200 hotzones throughout the city through September 7, and as part of the sponsorship will be offering New Yorkers the chance to check out location-specific offers near them, as well as a reliable Wi-Fi connection to keep them in the know on the go. With the explosion of mobile connectivity, and the increase in Wi-Fi availability at consumer venues, today’s advertisers have new opportunities to leverage value-added, location-based media services to capture and keep the attention of smartphone crowd. Continue reading

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Start Spreading The News: Free Boingo Wi-Fi in Manhattan All Summer Long!


New Yorkers! Starting today, you can connect to Boingo for free at participating subway stations and around town, courtesy of our friends at Google Offers. Just connect to “Boingo Free WiFi” below ground or “Boingo Hotspot” above ground on your laptop or mobile device and you’re all set. Continue reading

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A Special Boingo Customer Event at the Washington State Ferries

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Boingo is in the business of keeping you connected, and (in case you haven’t noticed) we crave connections with our community. That’s why we’re on social networks like Twitter and Facebook taking in your feedback, troubleshooting any hiccups and curating discussions about travel and tech. But the best is when we meet and thank our customers in person. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing at the Washington State Ferries this week. Today (Thursday, 11/17/2011) is the final and biggest day of our customer celebration event at the Washington State Ferries. We’re giving away goodies that include complimentary Wi-Fi passes, free coffee, Boingo schwag, and more. Find us at the Colman Dock from 8:30AM – 5:30PM today, Thursday the 17th. Come by and give us a chance to shower you with appreciation. And of course, we’re all ears for feedback or troubleshooting requests. As always, thank you for being a Boingo customer.

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You’re Invited to Boingo’s 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!


Dear Boingo Community, Please join Boingo as the guests of honor at our online anniversary bash! The celebration, which runs until the very end of 2011 (yup, 29 weeks total!), is our “thanks” to you for ten years of Boingo — we couldn’t have done it without you. While it’s our anniversary, the gifts are for you! We’re giving away free Wi-Fi, as well as grand prizes through a weekly drawing. Grand prize goodies include: an iPad 2, an Android tablet, Tumi luggage and much more! Ready to join the party and enter to win amazing prizes? Here’s how: 1. Come on by boingo.com/10 — that’s the front-door entrance to the online party where we’re greeting guests with a summary of anniversary festivities, including information on how to get free Wi-Fi and enter to win prizes. 2. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with heading straight to the free Wi-Fi and grand prize giveaways (after all, you are VIP). Browse through our line-up of freebies and enter to win prizes! 3. Keep up with anniversary news and additional opportunities to win prizes through our Facebook and Twitter communities. Here’s a summary of featured giveaways and sweepstakes rules (full details here: rules and terms and conditions): Free Boingo Wi-Fi

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Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous?


Last week, the Sacramento Bee, citing concerns from the FBI, published an article about the security risks of free Wi-Fi networks.  These days, free Wi-Fi hotspots abound.  So what can you do to keep your personal data safe?  We asked our CTO, Niels Jonker, for some words of wisdom to help understand the potential risks, and ways to stay safe when you connect to a free or unmanaged Wi-Fi network. LOCK OUT HACKERS WITH A VPN According to the FBI’s Sacramento office, hackers may set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots in airports with names like “Free Wi-Fi”.  A user connects to this SSID thinking they are connecting to a legitimate airport-sponsored service, when in fact it’s bogus.  The hackers are then able to steal passwords and other personal information. ARTICLE: Include Wi-Fi Among Security Risks At Airports, FBI Warns Niels’ Words of Wisdom: “Open Wi-Fi, by its very nature, is insecure. This means that your best defense is a good offense. Make sure you’re only using SSL-encrypted services – which means logging in to https://gmail.com instead of http://gmail.com — or use a VPN to lock down all of your traffic over the wireless network.  Most online service providers like Google and