updated 10:40 am EDT, Sat May 2, 2009
Verizon Free Wi-Fi Leak
Verizon in a new leak believed close to offering free Wi-Fi access of its own. While talks are described as "fluid," the Wall Street Journal says the cellular carrier will echo AT&T's efforts and team up with hotspot provider Boingo to give Wi-Fi service at airports, coffee shops and other locations for those who use Verizon's DSL or FiOS landline connections. It's not yet certain whether this would extend to everywhere Boingo provides service in the US or just locations that are served by Verizon as well.
If settled, the plan could be put into effect as early as the summer.
The move would make Verizon one of the last major hardwired providers to use Wi-Fi as an incentive for its customers. AT&T implemented its own solution several months ago, spurred on by its taking control of Starbucks Wi-Fi points from T-Mobile, while CableVision gave its Optimum Online subscribers similar access in a similar timeframe.