Sunday, February 13, 2011

Boingo Adds New Unlimited Regional Plans

Boingo carves out unlimited usage areas for service outside North America: Boingo once had a laptop Wi-Fi plan with unlimited global use, but that proved too expensive due to the cost of roaming agreements. Its revamped Global offering was set at $59/mo for up to 2,000 minutes. Today, the firm added a Europe Plus offering that provides unlimited usage at 90,000 hotspots in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for €28/mo. Another 170,000 hotspots in its network around the world are charged at €0.10 to €0.15/minute. (The plan is also available for 22.95 and 0.09 to 0.13 per minute for payment in pounds.)

Boingo's North and South American laptop plan is $10/mo for unlimited use, and a UK and Ireland combo is 15/mo for unlimited access. Boingo separately offers mobile services plans for a flat $8/mo for any hotspot in its network.

The company may run into trouble when mobile devices start allowing the simultaneous use of Wi-Fi as a client and a server, which would allow a mobile device to share a Wi-Fi hotspot connection to a laptop over Wi-Fi just as easily as mobile hotspot features in phones today allow a 3G/4G connection to be shared over Wi-Fi.

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