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Boingo data shows iPhone, iPod touch use growing fast

updated 03:40 pm EDT, Tue June 9, 2009

Boingo shares usage data

Boingo Wireless, a Wi-Fi hotspot provider, is sharing statistics regarding the usage of its service, which it claims shows heavy access from iPhones and iPod touches. The combination of the two devices represents nearly a quarter of all access, at 23 percent. The figure puts Apple handhelds ahead of both Mac- and Windows Vista-based computers, and second only to Windows XP systems.

Year-over-year, between May 2008 and May 2009, unique iPhone visitors rose 380 percent, landing the iPhone in first place in terms of fastest growth -- Nokia's E-series smartphones ranked second, at 372 percent. Present usage numbers see iPhones and Touches accessing the Boingo network for an average of 292 minutes per month, up 28 percent since January. The total number of Boingo hotspots exceeds 100,000 across the globe.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think that was Apple's main goal, to achieve a 25% wifi usage ranking on Boingo's service.

    Of course, one would hope that most of that is from iPod users, as I'd hate to think iPhone users are paying for Boingo instead of using their already-paid-for data plan.

  1. Makosuke

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This must make MS nervous

    I expect this, more than anything, is what Microsoft is really afraid of--not Windows marketshare in the PC space, but that they've lost their shot at a monopoly in the next big market entirely.

    You do have to wonder what percentage of those XP users are on netbooks. If substantial, it would be ironic that a two-generation old budget OS is their only real competition in this space (Windows Mobile is a joke). Of course, even if those AREN'T netbooks, their most successful mobile OS is still a two-generation-old one they're trying to kill.

    The war is far from over, but that kind of statistic has got to be making some executives in Redmond nervous.

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