Hotspot Hits for June 25, 2004

By Wi-Fi Planet Staff

June 25, 2004

Boingo has new PDA software; Boston's Logan Airport terminals B, C, D, and E have Wi-Fi; FedEx Kinko's completes hotspot deployment; and more.

  • Are you a PDA owner? And a Boingo Wireless subscriber? Then go forth and download: a new version of Pocket Boingo, suitable for the Windows Mobile 2003 OS on Pocket PCs, is now available. A version for the Palm Tungsten C, which comes with Wi-Fi built in, will be out later this summer. -- June 23, 2004

  • Visitors to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships will find Wi-Fi hotspots at points throughout the grounds. There will be online terminals available for those without a Wi-Fi equipped device. It's not free -- service is from BroadReach's ReadytoSurf service. -- June 23, 2004

  • We got an e-mail telling us about Spot Hotspot, a hotspot directory site devoted to public access locations in the Netherlands and Belgium because "many users prefer their natural language on a Web site." Who are we to argue? -- June 23, 2004

  • The Boston Globe says that Logan International Airport's hotspot access will go live today in four terminals: B, C, D, and E. Travelers will get free flight and airport information and news on their computers, but will have to pay $7.95 per day to get unlimited Internet access. There's no hourly rate. The network will also be put to use by the airlines, airport personnel and the state police. -- June 23, 2004

  • The Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre in Canada's Waterloo region will be getting complete wireless coverage, care of telecom FibreTech, using only five pieces of mesh networking equipment from BelAir Networks to cover the entire space. All the units are mounted outside of the centre, but provide coverage in all guest rooms (even those on the fourth floor), most meeting rooms, and the banquet hall. -- June 23, 2004
  • The "business transformation division" of BT, called BT Syntegra, says hotel venues that don't brand their managed Wi-Fi hotspot service under their own name are missing out. Most hotels continue to let their provider -- companies like StayOnline, STSN, Wayport, and many others -- use their name on the service. Guests then naturally think of Wi-Fi as a third-party add-on instead of a premium offering. So BT Syntegra is offering a Wi-Fi package for the hospitality industry that doesn't carry the Syntegra name, but instead looks like it's run by the hotel or motel. They say the cost to the hotel is a flat rate, but otherwise details are sketchy. -- June 23, 2004

  • All 39 hotel properties owned by Kimpton Hotels across North America will be getting high speed Internet access using equipment from Nomadix of Westlake Village, Calif. and managed by Eleven Wireless of Portland, Ore. Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company running boutique hotels with high-end restaurants found in cities and ski resorts including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Aspen, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, and Washington D.C., plus Whistler and Vancouver in British Columbia. -- June 22, 2004

  • Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey (across the Hudson River from NYC) has installed two Vivato VP1200 base stations on campus to replace a number of conventional access points. One is in the campus library, the Stevens' Samuel C. Williams Library and Computer Center; across campus, the other unit is on top of the tallest building they have, to broadcast 802.11b signal to all students in range. The now fifteen-story base station will project a Wi-Fi signal to most campus buildings and some dorms. The school supplies its 2,100 students with Wi-Fi enabled laptops but will also use the Vivato equipment to test network security. Campus police will use it with GPS systems to track the location of their safety department vehicles at any given time. -- June 22, 2004

  • The Salish Lodge & Spa, located east of Seattle, Wash., has Wi-Fi service now courtesy of Wi-Fi Guys out of Finland, Minn. Guests get a password at the front desk and then can use it to access the network on their own 802.11 laptops to their hearts' content. They'll also offer 24/7 technical support to users as well. Service will be available in all 91 guest rooms (each with a two-person whirlpool tub!), the lobby, and by the pool. -- June 22, 2004

  • T-Mobile Hotspot announced this morning that 1,100 FedEx Kinko's Office and Print Centers are now outfitted with wireless service and that "deployment is complete." The Kinkos.com site says there are 1,200 locations worldwide. T-Mobile says it added about six Kinko's locations to its footprint per day for the last six months to get to this point. The Kinko's chain was purchased by the FedEx shipping company for $2.4billion in May to give FedEx some storefront locations like rival UPS, which bought out Mail Boxes Etc. (now The UPS Store). Cost is standard T-Mobile Hotspot prices: $39.99 a month with no commitment, $9.99 per 24 hour period, $6.00 per hour for pay as you go, and only $19.99 a month unlimited for those with a T-Mobile cell phone account. -- June 21, 2004

  • Wyndham International has re-upped its contract with Wayport to have them continue to provide high-speed Internet access at 85 Wyndham locations in the United States for the next three years. This includes a mix of both wired and wireless access. The hotelier will also install Wayport CyberCenters in nine of its largest hotels, which offers meeting and office space, plus equipment, for travelers, similar to Wayport's LaptopLane areas in some airports. -- June 21, 2004


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