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Google's free WiFi expands, but is still Android and PC only

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Google's free WiFi expands, but is still Android and PC only
In past years, Google has offered free WiFi over the holiday season in partnership with Boingo, but this year it has been a summer deal, and one that has excluded all devices other than PCs and Androids from the free connection. The deal is almost done, but that isn't stopping Boingo and Google from expanding it to more locations. 

The deal is ending at the end of this month, but it has now been expanded and is available at over 4,000 locations around the US, including 15 major airports like New York’s JFK Airport, Chicago O’Hare, and Seattle-Tacoma airport. Unfortunately, the hotspots aren't open to just anyone. You have to have either a Windows or Mac PC or an Android device, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry are not supported. 

The deal is actually a partnership with Boingo and Google Play, not just plain old Google, and supposedly there will be access to "free content" as part of the deal. It isn't clear though if that means free Google Play content or not, but given Google's love of free stuff, it wouldn't surprise us. 

source: The Next Web

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posted on 11 Sep 2012, 21:56 16

1. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

This is why I love Google. They care about making the user happy.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 23:17 5

6. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Interesting, I only own BOTH of these. 5 PC's and 3 Androids. Thanks Google.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:05 5

2. vicorama (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

"The User..." hahaha that gives me flashbacks of Tron 2

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:31 1

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

hehehehe, LOL........any whooo how does one use this "free service"

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:45 2

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

no serious, how do i use this?

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 22:41 9

4. MeoCao (unregistered)

This is the difference btn Google and Apple, Apple would charge for everything they offer.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 02:43

7. JoeBelfiore (banned) (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

Google: Lets put up ads in every browsing page once this hits a critical mass & its a great tool for us to track user too!

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:44 1

8. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Google please give us free internet worldwide!!! :)

In return, we will exclusively use gmail, google search, google maps, google translate... and whatever you want us to use to expand your database of information! :)

fair deal, right?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 10:55

10. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)

hmmm..... im already using all of those......

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 03:46 1

9. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

I hope google makes the whole world a wi-fi hotspot.

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