AT&T Teams Up With Boingo To Bring Customers Expanded Wi-Fi
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online
AT&T and Boingo have partnered to offer AT&T´s mobile subscribers free access to Boingo´s international hotspots while offering Boingo subscribers free access to AT&T´s US hotspots.
The deal applies to AT&T mobile customers with 300 MB or 800 MB international data plans, who beginning today will receive 1 GB of free access over Boingo´s global wireless network in airports and other public venues throughout Europe, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Japan and New Zealand.
“We´re committed to keeping our customers connected to the people, places and information that matter most, which is why we´re pleased that many of them can now seamlessly connect to Boingo´s global Wi-Fi during their travels abroad,” said JR Wilson, vice president, Partnerships and Alliances, AT&T Mobility.
“AT&T´s domestic Wi-Fi network helps fill in the gaps for Boingo users actively seeking Wi-Fi hotspots,” said Howard Buzick, vice president of business development for Boingo Wireless.
“With the explosion in both Wi-Fi enabled devices and customer data demand, Wi-Fi roaming continues to be a key facilitator for global data access.”
AT&T reached a similar deal in February with The Cloud, which provides its international customers with access to 16,000 hotspots in Britain.
While the current deal gives AT&T´s subscribers traveling abroad much expanded Wi-Fi access, the biggest winners could be Boingo subscribers, who will now have access to AT&T´s densely concentrated US Wi-Fi network at some 30,000 locations.
But subscribers of both companies will benefit from the arrangement, which expands access by plugging up holes in each partner´s network.
Additionally, since offloading network traffic to Wi-Fi hotspots is a critical element for carriers in reducing network congestion and driving down infrastructure costs, the deal may further help AT&T by lessening the costs of providing international roaming services.
It also addresses a major subscriber hassle of exceeding international bandwidth caps and incurring data overage charges. This could be particularly important for AT&T´s international roaming customers, who already pay $60 per month for AT&T´s 300MB international data package and $120 for the 800MB service.
While most US carriers offer pricey global data plans, customers who know their primary mobile data needs can be served by Wi-Fi can find much cheaper Wi-Fi-only plans without restrictions and with access to a much larger hotspot footprint. Boingo, for instance, offers a $35-per-month plan that covers two devices and provides unlimited access to 200,000 hotspots in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.