updated 01:35 am EDT, Tue July 8, 2008
Mac version of GoBoingo!
Boingo on Tuesday launched a Mac version of its GoBoingo! client software that provides access Boingo Wi-Fi at more than 100,000 hotspots worldwide. The company says the "lightweight" GoBoingo! client software simplifies the process of logging in to public Wi-Fi hotspots by memorizing multiple usernames and passwords, and paying different Wi-Fi providers at each stop during a trip. In addition, Boingo offers monthly plans for both North American and international usage, as well as a "pay as you go" option. GoBoingo! for Mac, designed for Mac OS X 10.4 or later (as well as Vista, XP and Windows 2000) automatically determines whether a hotspot belongs to a Boingo roaming partner and helps users log on to the Internet with their Boingo account in a single click. According to the company, nearly 20 percent of airport usage comes from Mac laptops, an increase of 30 percent since January 2007.
A Boingo account works at more than 475 airports, including 85 of the top 100 airports worldwide, the company claims. Boingo operates Wi-Fi networks at 30 major U.S. and U.K. airports, including Atlanta-Hartsfield, JFK and LaGuardia in New York, Chicago's O'Hare and Heathrow in London. Boingo is also available at more than 17,000 hotels, such as Hilton and Marriot, and retail destinations, such as Barnes & Noble. Other locations include coffee shops, restaurants and cafés.