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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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Smartphones Outrank Deodorant on Vacation


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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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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Caruso Affiliated Refashions the Shopping Experience [Video]


A few months ago, we announced that Caruso Affiliated had selected Boingo to operate the Wi-Fi services at its Los Angeles shopping centers, The Grove and The Americana at Brand.  Now, we’re happy to report that Boingo Wi-Fi has been live and connecting shoppers…such as L.A.-based Boingo employees! It’s a breeze accessing the Wi-Fi on your gadget while browsing around! But enough about us. Actually, we want to rave about our unprecedented, spectacular experience with The Grove’s complimentary concierge services (also available at The Americana at Brand). The staff took care of us the moment we arrived in the valet circle, checked in at relevant times during the day, and sent us home with smiles at the end of the day. Check out the video above for a visual of the first-class treatment we received from the staff at The Grove. What’s so necessary and special about concierge services at a shopping center? As The Grove team can tell you, plenty. They fulfill numerous guests requests for dinner reservations (at The Grove, as well as throughout L.A.), transportation, personal stylists, tourist activities, spa treatments and more. We requested a car wash and, like magic, a squeaky clean version of our car awaited us

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Mobile Data Demand: Required Reading from Andrew Seybold


Recently, there have been a lot of headlines identifying mobile data growth as a crisis in the making — a collection of different voices adding to the discussion, culminating in a chorus of warnings about the coming capacity crunch. Even with upgrades to 4G, there won’t be enough mobile data capacity to meet the exploding demand for data thanks to the proliferation of powerful smartphones that put the Internet in our hands, available at every turn. Andrew Seybold, one of the wireless industry’s best established pundits, has added his voice to the chorus with his newsletter article “Managing the Demand for Wireless Data” — and it is one of the most thorough deconstructions of the issue that we’ve seen in print. Sometimes it takes a seasoned veteran to distill the myriad complexities of the issue down into a single, comprehensive overview that readily addresses the critical aspects of the issue at hand, including the likelihood of increased costs for heavy users due to new tiered pricing structures. We highly recommend reading his article, and then reading it again. It’s that good. LINK: Managing the Demand for Wireless Data

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Top 10 (+1) Travel Innovations


Budget Travel magazine just announced their 2009 list of top 10 travel innovations that contribute to an “easier, more enjoyable and more affordable” travel experience. Drum roll please… Kayak.com: the discount travel site added new features, including “search sharing, a real-time map of available airfare and an iPhone application.” New York City: the Big Apple gets kudos for creating “new public spaces like making Times Square car-free and turning an abandoned railway into a walkway called the High Line.” Apple: the company continues to get recognition for the iPhone 3GS and its “built-in applications store for anything you might need on the road.” American Airlines: the “One-Way Flex Awards loyalty program…helps occasional travelers earn rewards.” JetBlue: it’s the little amenities, “like the Re:Vive bar kiosks at JFK airport,” that differentiates this popular airlines. Intrepid Travel: the adventure travel site is “carbon-offsetting all of its itineraries by early 2010.” Google: “Street View mapping feature for theme parks and trails” makes family vacations much easier to navigate through. Delta: customer service is friendly and stylin’ with the Red Coats, “agents dedicated to troubleshooting at a number of airports.” Hyatt: the ubiquitous hotel chain makes a habit of announcing “new surprise perks to

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America: It’s Hip to Be Geeky


Jenna Wortham of the New York Times reports on a recent Forrester Research study about how technology has gone mainstream in America: “For decades, the adoption and use of the latest technologies was limited to a subculture: Whether called “tech enthusiasts” or “gadget geeks,” the implication was that most of the world got along fine with older, established products and services, while a smaller group pursued the most leading-edge technology. But according to a study released Wednesday by Forrester Research, a marketing firm based in Cambridge, Mass., a shift has taken place. What used to be the pursuit of a few has become decidedly mainstream. We’re all gadget geeks now. According to the study, which surveyed 53,668 households in the United States and Canada by mail, half of all American adults are gamers. Sixty-three percent of American households have a broadband Internet connection. Three-quarters of American households have cellphones and PCs. And nearly 10 million American households, out of nearly 118 million, added an HDTV in the last year, a jump of 27 percent over 2007. Already, Mr. Golvin says, more people are migrating away from the home and office to use the Web and turning toward their smartphones. About

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iPhone Users Can’t Get Enough of Wi-Fi


Ad network JiWire just published a great report on Wi-Fi usage trends that are quite similar to the data Boingo published back in June. The meat of the data, as summarized by Christina Warren of Mashable: “In the first half of 2009, JiWire saw mobile device ad-request usage while on a WiFi network increase 79%. WiFi-capable smartphones and net-connected devices are a hot trend, so this isn’t surprising, but check this out: in North America, 97.8% of all Wi-Fi device ad requests were from either an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Even more interesting, these numbers completely align with a study that Boingo published in June. In Boingo’s study, which evaluated mobile device usage at WiFi networks in airports, the iPhone and the iPod touch accounted for 93.9% of all associated devices. Two studies with from two different companies are showing essentially the same results: iPhone and iPod touch users really take advantage of public WiFi.”

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Smartphones Bringing Wi-Fi Back…


…not that Wi-Fi ever went away. But as Om Malick articulates in his article, the smartphone era is upon us and it is making us hungrier than ever for bandwidth. And 3G just ain’t cutting it: “[Wi-Fi] usage has grown as major 3G networks have choked under heavy mobile Internet use. There is no stopping smartphone sales, according to data collected by Infonetics Research, a market research company…With the growing availability of Google Android-based handsets, 2009 will prove to be a banner year for smartphones. In my opinion, the presence of PC-quality browsers, such as Safari, on smartphones and webkit-based browsers, as well as the growing popularity of social-networking services such as Twitter and Facebook as communication tools, have boosted the demand for wireless data. These tools demand data connectivity, and people want to check them while on the go. This spurt in usage has left the carriers that long saw themselves as Wi-Fi’s enemy coming around and embracing the insurgent technology. AT&T’s $275 million acquisition of Wayport and the recent agreement between Verizon and Santa Monica, Calif., Wi-Fi aggregator Boingo Wireless are signs that despite the availability of faster 3G networks, the low-cost economics of the Wi-Fi ecosystem are

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Video on Cellphones? Inconceivable!


In the old days, cellphones were for talking. But these days, folks are doing just about everything on their phones, including watching full episodes of their favorite TV shows. Bobby White of the Wall Street Journal attributes this phenomenon to several factors, including: Bigger and better quality screens More memory and processing power Mobile video services such as Sling Media Mobile Player The availability of Wi-Fi for high-speed access And while White reminds us that “only about 18% of the 270 million cellphone users in the U.S.” own the smartphones capable of all the above, I’ll state the obvious: the iPhone, with its affordable price point and stellar user experience, is fast infiltrating the general population (case in point: my very un-technical mother watches soap operas on her iPhone during her lunch break). My guess is that at this time next year, 50% of U.S. cellphone users in the U.S. will be watching “American Idol” on their phones. What say you?

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8 Travel Tips from a Boingo Mobile User


From our post, 6 Tips on Managing Expenses While Traveling, one of our Boingo Mobile users posted a comment on his personal tips and tricks while traveling. Here are Nuno Povoa‘s tips and tricks while he travels. Keep track of expenses on your PDA/smart phone. No one likes to be too uptight on vacations, but nevertheless one must be responsible.
 Personally I use SPB Finance to keep track of things – I find it to be mighty handy, and you might as well just 
use it for all your expenses. The graphs and other tools come in handy at the end of the day, week and trip. If you do not want to make the full investment, you can check out iPhone’s application store or use whatever spreadsheet software that comes with the smartphone or PDA. Why is the smartphone or PDA important? Because if you record the information when you pay, you are able to skip going through receipts by the end of the day. Have I mentioned
 you should be having fun on any trip? Buy things at supermarkets whenever possible: Water, snacks, etc. Hotel stores will be over priced. Speaking of hotel prices: laundry services? I’m sure