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It’s time to celebrate—Boingo style! We’ve been awarded our eighth Global Traveler award for “Best WiFi Service” and to celebrate we’re kicking off 8 Days of Giveaways to give our awesome fans the chance to win a VIP travel tech kit. This kit is loaded with all the tech essentials you need on the go—like earbuds, a phone charger, flash drive and of course free Boingo Wi-Fi for a year with access to more than a million hotspots around the globe. Join in on the celebration! To enter our 8 Days of Giveaways, head to Twitter and simply tweet @boingo what YOU are celebrating this year using the hashtag #BoingoCelebr8. Whether it’s a milestone birthday, a big client win, running your first marathon or something else, we want to hear your reason for raising a glass. Boingo’s 8 Days of Giveaways will run December 8-15, 2017. One winner will be announced each day.    

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Hotspot 2.0: New Airports, New Supported Devices

Boingo’s Hotspot 2.0 airports now support Macintosh OS X (Mavericks) in addition to iPhone 5s, iPads and iPod Touches running iOS 7. There are now 23 airports, with the addition of Boston Logan and Billings Logan International airports. Continue reading

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DAS Scores in Stadiums

With advanced connectivity at no cost to the fans, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) are in the running for 2013 stadium MVP. So, what’s a DAS anyway? Read on to learn more about this powerful network technology and how DAS systems benefit fans and venue owners. Continue reading

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Let the (Hacking) Games Begin: Reducing Risks on Public Wi-Fi Networks During the Games

The 2012 London Olympics are the most connected in history, and spectators at the Games and viewers from around the world are sharing their experiences real-time. The influx of connection-hungry visitors, skyrocketing mobile traffic and new hotspots means one thing for hackers: the Olympics are a golden opportunity for exploitation and data capture.

In an IDG Connect byline, we share tips to keep your data secure from hackers on public Wi-Fi networks at the Games, and at any other high-traffic events. Continue reading

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Like Boingo’s Wi-Finder App? Nominate Us For Best iPhone Travel App!

  If you’ve been using Boingo’s Wi-Finder app to access hotspots on your Apple iOS device, would you do us the honor of nominating Boingo for Best iPhone Travel App for About.com’s Reader’s Choice Awards? Our aim with Wi-Finder for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad is to help you find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots, whether you’re around town or traveling on the road. We also want to help you keep down your monthly smartphone bill by offering you the option of connecting to Wi-Fi so you don’t run the risk of surpassing your cellular monthly megabyte limit and/or racking up roaming fees. So if Wi-Finder is doing its job for you, we’d be grateful if you took a minute to nominate Boingo. Click here to get started. Simply login through Facebook or About.com and cast y our vote. Many thanks!

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Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow” Interviews CEO Dave Hagan at CES 2012 [Video]

According to Dave Graveline of “Into Tomorrow,” “Boingo saves the day!” Graveline, an award-winning broadcaster covering technology, has been a longtime Boingo member since the days when we had just over 10,000 hotspots. In the video above, Graveline interviews Boingo CEO Dave Hagan on the company’s progress over the last decade — from the growth of our Wi-Fi ecosystem, the apps we’ve built for easy online access, the Wi-Fi operator partnerships we’ve forged, to how we’ve met the insatiable demand for Internet bandwidth on mobile devices. Watch the video to take a walk down memory lane with Boingo and hear CEO Dave Hagan discuss his vision for the company going forward. We’re especially charmed that Dave Graveline is such a fan of Boingo Wi-Fi. Our favorite Graveline quote: “Travel requires not just Wi-Fi; it requires Boingo.”    

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3 Merry Apps for Holiday Cards

Holiday print cards are always a nice gesture, and they make for great decorations around the house. But e-cards are just as delightful, far more convenient, and environmentally-friendly. Plenty of website and smartphone apps allow you to create e-cards that are personalized and shareable on social networks. So if you’re looking to mix up the season’s greetings, consider our three favorite apps below. Which apps or websites do you recommend for creating and sending holiday ecards? 1. JibJab (Free or $12/year for premium membership) JibJab has been one of our longtime favorite websites for e-greetings. The eCards and videos are funny, and they can be customized to include photos of your recipients. Card and video themes cover the gamut of occasions, including: holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, and everything in between. The greetings, many of which are free, include audio, e.g., songs, dialogue, and/or animation. Once you’ve created a card or video, you have the option of sending via email, posting to Facebook, or downloading. We highly recommend the $9.99/year membership, which gives you unlimited access to JibJab’s entire library of creatives, discounts on any videos you wish to download, and the ability to schedule the delivery of a greeting for a later date/time. Members

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IDG Features Boingo’s Strategy to Plant Hotspots All Over the Universe

Boingo’s leadership in the growing universe of Boingo hotspots is featured in an IDG article by Mikael Ricknäs; the article has been syndicated across the IDG network on various trade publications including PC World, CIO and Network World. Cool! Kudos to Christian Gunning, our director of corporate communications for his contribution to the article.  Here are the highlights: The number of worldwide public Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to quadruple, and total 5.8 million by 2012, as operators look for ways to reduce traffic on their mobile networks, according to a recent study by Informa Telecoms and Media. “One of our strategic initiatives right now is to expand coverage into categories that haven’t been built out, but will be,” said [Christian] Gunning. Few big national restaurant chains in the U.S. have hotspots in their restaurants…restaurants will see a big build out in the next three or four years, he said. Wi-Fi hotspots in sports arenas, concert halls and shopping malls will also become more prevalent. Wi-Fi hotspots are also about to become more integrated with mobile networks thanks to a specification called Hotspot 2.0, which is being developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance. It allows users to automatically move between the two network

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A Special Boingo Customer Event at the Washington State Ferries

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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3000 New Hotspots in Japan Bring Boingo APAC Coverage to 150,000+ Locations

Today, we announced a new roaming partnership with Wire and Wireless (Wi2) that adds 3000 hotspots to the Boingo network in Japan. This brings the number of Boingo locations to almost 9000 in Japan and over 150,000 in the Asia Pacific region. Kanpai! Meeting the Wi-Fi needs of the international community has been (and continues to be) one of Boingo’s key areas of focus. For Asia Pacific, specifically, our 2011 efforts thus far include: The just-announced 3000 hotspots with Wi2 40,000 new hotspots in Korea via an agreement with LG Uplus The international release of iOS Boingo Wi-Finder Credits app An unlimited Asia-Pacific Wi-Fi plan that covers over twenty-five countries at one low rate The addition of New Bangkok Airport to Boingo’s managed and operated network We want to be the go-to Wi-Fi provider for those living and traveling through the Asia Pacific region, so we look for your continued suggestions on how we’re doing, and how we can serve you even better.  

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Google Releases First Version of Google Wallet Today

Google announced today that is has released the first version of Google Wallet to Sprint customers with a Nexus S 4G phone. Google Wallet is an app that turns your phone into a wallet that securely stores your credit card information. To pay a tab, you tap your phone to a compatible NFC reader offered through the merchant. Watch this demo for more details: For now, only Citi Mastercards and Google Prepaid Cards are supported; however, Google says it aims “to eventually support all the payment cards you keep in your leather wallet today. So the only plastic you’ll need is your phone.” Google Wallet also stores loyalty rewards and Google Offer deals. Google says that it envisions Google Wallet to be more secure than carrying around plastic in your wallet. In order to make a purchase, a PIN is required. Account details are stored on an encrypted computer chip called Secure Element. What are your thoughts on Google Wallet? Are you going to give it a whirl as soon as it is available on your credit card of choice? If you’re not an Android user, do you hope Google Wallet will be available on other smartphone platforms? For more details