Waiting hours to get on a plane could be one of the most tedious tasks known to the modern man. But Nintendo 3DS users in the U.K. can now pass the time by surfing the web, or enjoying a spot of online gaming courtesy of free Boingo Wi-Fi.
Nintendo and Boingo already have a deal in place to provide 3DS users with free Wi-Fi at a number of airports in the U.S., but the two companies have now extended the service to those of us in the U.K, with free Wi-Fi at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted — London’s busiest airports — in addition to Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen. The service usually costs a whopping £3.95 (approx. $6.16) per hour.
Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots allow the handheld to connect automatically at these participating airports, and they support Nintendo’s SpotPass feature, allowing 3DS users to download 3D videos and additional content while their console is in sleep mode.
Colby Goff, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Boingo, says that its partnership with Nintendo will provide 3DS users with fast and reliable Internet connectivity:
“Nintendo is a tremendous addition to our list of strategic partners in the UK. Our networks will provide Nintendo 3DS users with seamless connectivity and fast, reliable service to help them make the most of their travel downtime.”
You can enjoy the service immediately at the airports listed above, but you’ll need to ensure that your 3DS is running the latest software update, which was released in December.
Will you take advantage of free Boingo Wi-Fi on your Nintendo 3DS?
[via The Verge]