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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Our friends at InMotion Entertainment have a fabulous deal for airport shoppers: buy any Wi-Fi enabled product and receive a complimentary one-hour Boingo Wi-Fi access pass (while supplies last). The deal is available at the following Boingo-enabled airports in the U.S.: ATL – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at Concourses A, B, C, D, E DEN – Denver International Airport at Concourses A and B EWR – Newark Liberty International Airport at Terminals B and C IAD – Washington Dulles International Airport at Terminal A IAH – George Bush Intercontinental Airport at Terminal E and International Arrivals Building JFK – John F. Kennedy International Airport at Terminal 8 and British Airways Terminal LGA – La Guardia Airport at entrance to C Gates and US Air Terminal MEM – Memphis International Airport at Terminal B MSP – Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport at Main Terminal ORD – Chicago O’Hare International Airport at Terminals 1 and 3 STL – Lambert-St. Louis International Airport at Terminals A, C, E InMotion Entertainment shops are a traveling gadget lover’s hub for electronics, accessories and entertainment. They have locations at 31 U.S. airports and a total of 54 shops. InMotion offers a variety of the latest electronics, including MP3 players, DVD players, gaming devices, cameras and more. If you forgot certain travel accessories — headphones, auto/air adaptors, power accessories —
Boingo hotspot Minneapolis St Paul International Airport (MSP) has a secret they don’t mind sharing with travelers: they have a regularly updated coupon page that includes discounts and freebies at many of the eateries and shops throughout the airport. The coupons for May and June 2011 include: Ben & Jerry’s: $1 off any smoothie or shake Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: free fudge with $25 or more purchase La Brea Bakery: free chips with purchase of any sandwich or salad with bottled beverage Surdyk’s Flights Wine Market and Bar: $2 off any breakfast entrée (available all day) 360º Gourmet Burritos: $1 off any entrée Wok & Roll: free fountain drink with purchase of any entrée or sushi Inmotion Entertainment: 20% off any two accessories Wilson’s Leather: 15% off any item Royal Zeno Shoe Shine: $5 off any briefcase or purse shine Travelex: $0 on currency exchanges of $500 or more The offers listed above expire June 30, 2011. Click here to view all of MSP’s coupon offerings. Be sure to check the site for regular updates. As a reminder, you can connect to Boingo throughout MSP. We are also available in the United and Delta airport lounges. Safe travels!
Today is one of the first airport posts – places and things to do when you’re waiting for your flight. At the Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport, there are a few places travelers can get away from the crowds and relax. The first is the “quiet seating area” that lines the somewhat hidden upper decks of the main passenger shopping area called The Mall. If passengers take the steps or an elevator to the second level along The Mall, they’ll find – on either side, hidden from view – dozens of couches, chairs and tables for relaxation. At the far end of The Mall is MSP’s most glamorous full service restaurant – Ike’s – and above Ike’s is another hidden area travelers can relax and work on their laptops or take a snooze. If travelers have more work to get done or want to hold a meeting, a conference call, etc., the airport has a a large conference center above Chili’s Too restaurant on The Mall. It’s a full service conference center that can accommodate 1 to 100 people. As told by Kathleen Bangs, Manager of Marketing, Minneapolis / St. Paul Airport.