Boingo announced Tuesday that it is now partnering with AT&T to provide Wi-Fi roaming around the globe. AT&T customers with a 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global plan will be able to access Boingo Wireless hotspots in certain international airports, although neither company named which airports the hotspots exist in.
There's a catch, however: those international roaming data plans are typically expensive add-ons and you're only provided access to 1GB of data on Boingo's networks without being charged an additional fee.
AT&T said its customers can access the free Wi-Fi using an AT&T International Wi-Fi application. "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.
The service is available beginning today.
Boingo Announces Global Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement With AT&T
AT&T Customers Have Access to Boingo's Global Wi-Fi Hotspots in Major International Airports
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry's leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced a global Wi-Fi roaming agreement with AT&T.
Travelers abroad can now gain access, via the AT&T Wi-Fi International App, to Boingo's global network of Wi-Fi hotspots managed and operated by Boingo's subsidiary, Concourse Communications Group. The AT&T Wi-Fi International App lets AT&T customers on applicable data global packages access up to 1GB of Wi-Fi each month at no additional charge.*
The total Boingo managed and operated network reaches more than 1.5 billion people worldwide annually. Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots at major international airports are available to AT&T customers today, with service continuing to expand throughout 2013.
Additionally, as part of the agreement, Boingo customers traveling in the United States will also be able to access AT&T's network of Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the country, including airports, restaurants, sporting arenas and retail locations.
"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."
Both AT&T and Boingo Wireless are Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) member companies with executives serving on the WBA Board of Directors. The companies also are currently participating in the WBA's Next Generation Hotspot trials for seamless Wi-Fi roaming.
*The AT&T Wi-Fi International app is available to AT&T customers who subscribe to either the 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global Add-On package. Visit att.com/worldpackages for complete details.