boingo Google providing free WiFi access to computers and Android devices through September

Google has paid money to Boingo Wireless, so that users of Android devices, PCs, and Macs will be able to freely access WiFi hotspots at 4,000 locations in the U.S through September.

Google has paid money to Boingo Wireless, so that users of Android devices, PCs, and Macs will be able to freely access WiFi hotspots at 4,000 locations in the U.S through September.

The Los Angeles based WiFi provider claims over 50,000 hotspots worldwide, making it a pretty nifty choice for people without data capable computers or handheld devices abroad. This deal with Google, which will last from now until the end of September, marks the first use of Boingo’s newly acquired Cloud Nine Media platform.

 Google providing free WiFi access to computers and Android devices through September

In the future, other companies will be able to launch similar ventures, providing free WiFi to consumers through Boingo’s massive network. In theory, it seems like a great way for companies to advertise themselves, and it’s good for Boingo too, since people will be able to try out their services without dishing out a dime.

It’s also apparent that companies using the platform will have the ability to choose who they want to use the hotspots, and who they want to keep out. While users of Android devices, PCs, and Mac computers will be able to participate in Google’s free WiFi this month, users of iOS devices (such as the iPhone and iPad) don’t seem to have been invited to the party.

This may become a bit of a raincloud over the whole thing. While most iPhones and Android cell-phones (and even many iPads) are already likely to be on a wireless carrier’s data plan, iPod touch users have no such option, and will end up feeling the worst of the disclusion.

But in any case, those with essentially any laptop or Android device will be able to join the fun, provided that they go to any of the locations listed here on Boingo’s website.

Source: SlashGear