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Verizon to offer free subscriber Wi-Fi?

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. esoterica

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Verizon doesn't do WiFi

    What exactly is the logic in this if Verizon disables the WiFi on all their phones?

  1. SeniorChief

    Joined: Dec 1969


    There is more than phones

    This would be great for my MacBook Pro when traveling through various airports...

  1. Scott_R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, well...

    I'm still somewhat tempted to go back to Cablevision from FiOS. Cablevision is putting Wifi in all over Long Island. Verizon... unless they're putting it all over the streets around here, I don't think this will be of use to me.

  1. trenchcoat77

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NYC experiment

    Years ago, Verizon did this in New York City. They outfitted many of their street phone kiosks with wifi transmitters, and Verizon dsl customers could login using their home passwords. This lasted just a few months, then they quietly went away. I never heard why.

  1. izajeenyus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i think it would be great. optimum and comcast both have the service running along the NJ Transit trains into NYC. As far as I know you could get WIFI all the way along the train routes. I would love to have the capability to run my laptop on a verizon wifi service with my FIOS subscription, even though I have an iPhone on AT&T....

  1. snork

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: izajeenyus

    ...Cablevision has wifi on most all commuter rail train STATIONS. The wifi isn't really useable while riding the train, it's more for people to use while waiting. I also live in north NJ and Cablevision wifi coverage is pretty good, on main roads they have it up at most shopping plazas.

    Also I can see VZ deploying this to compete on features, but like esoterica said, VZW disables wifi on pretty much all phones but WinMo phones. So why even bother? I use the Cablevision hotspots on my iPhone all the time though.

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