Tag Archives: wireless

Featured Article

-


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

Recent Articles

Boingo CEO Shares Insights with LA Executive Community at Inc. CEO Roundtable

-


Boingo president and CEO David Hagan shared Boingo’s journey from venture-backed start-up to publicly traded company at the Inc. Los Angeles “CEO Roundtable.” Read on to learn more about this “classic Inc. story.” Continue reading

Recent Articles

Device Roundup: Nokia and Motorola Announce New Phones

-


Yesterday was a big day for smartphones! Nokia unveiled the new Lumia 920 and Motorola introduced new DROID RZRs, sweetening the device market. Here’s the breakdown of the new features of these devices. Continue reading

Recent Articles

ICSC Florida Conference to Explore the Intersection of “Bricks” and “Clicks” at Retail

-


Boingo’s George Metalsky will participate in an ICSC panel, “Digital Media on the Move and Its Impact on B2C & B2B,” on Monday, Aug. 20, focused on the increasing role of mobile at retail. The panel presentation will explore latest data on mobile at retail today, discuss the ways retailers are currently reaching their customers through mobile, and offer a look into the future of mobile engagement in shopping centers. Continue reading

Recent Articles

Does Wi-Fi Affect Cellphone Connectivity?

-


“Does Boingo Wi-Fi affect my 3G/4G cellular connectivity while I’m at a Boingo hotspot?” “I’m at an airport where Boingo manages the Wi-Fi network, and I think they’re blocking my cellular access to force me into buying Wi-Fi.” We’ve fielded questions and comments like the above through our social media channels, so we’d like to share our response here on the Boingo blog for everybody to see. The answer is no, Wi-Fi has no effect on cellular service. It’s technically impossible for Wi-Fi to interfere with cellular connectivity because each technology runs on different frequencies. Cellular service is delivered over licensed spectrum, meaning that your service provider owns its specific frequency range, to ensure they can provide service without interference. Also, it’s actually illegal for anyone to interfere with cellular transmission. It is possible for things such as Bluetooth and microwaves to interfere with Wi-Fi, because they all use the same unlicensed spectrum frequencies. But none of those technologies can interfere with your cellphone Internet service. We do want you to buy Wi-Fi – because it’s a great experience, not because we’ve tinkered with the cellular access. Further reading: “Can WiFi Interfere With Dropped Cell Phone Calls?” via eHow.com “Difference Between

Recent Articles

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

Recent Articles

More Krispy Kremes Stores Sprinkled With Boingo Wi-Fi — Saweet!

-


Last year, we announced the roll-out of Boingo Wi-Fi at Krispy Kreme stores throughout Southern California, and it was delightful to see our community get a sugar Wi-Fi high just hearing the news. But some of you were a bit bummed that our Krispy Kreme coverage wasn’t more widespread. So we promised we’d keep trying…and guess what? Boingo now operates the Wi-Fi at additional Krispy Kreme stores in Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wisconsin, thanks to a partnership with Krispy Kreme franchisee Westward Dough! Saweet! Read the press release here. Thanks to all you squeaky wheels out there! It’s great to get guidance from the customer community, and we hope you keep the feedback coming! Meanwhile, stay tuned for an upcoming Krispy Kreme contest with doughnuts and other prizes galore.

Recent Articles

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

Recent Articles

Introducing: Boingo Wi-Finder!


We’re super excited to share the news that today we’re launching our best app yet – Boingo Wi-Finder! As you know, Boingo software has always made it easy to get online at paid hotspots around the world.   Now we’re expanding that capability to find and get you connected to FREE hotspots, too!  Boingo Wi-Finder quickly connects you to open networks worldwide, like the free Wi-Fi at your neighborhood library or even an exotic coffee shop in a far-away land. Simply select “Connect” when Boingo Wi-Finder pops and you’re in. We’ve also added map and search tools that can find the nearest hotspot. And even cooler — the app automatically grabs information about free hotspots you connect to – like location and speed – and then publishes that information to the Location Database.  The more people use the app, the better the Location Directory gets.  (So tell your friends!)  You can even add your favorite free hotspot directly here. We think Boingo Wi-Finder is our coolest app yet – here’s just a sample of what’s under the hood! Determines the best free network if more than one is available Alerts you when a free or Boingo hotspot is detected nearby Connects