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If you are traveling to or within the US in September you can enjoy free Wi-Fi at 4,000 hotspots following an announcement by Boingo that Google is sponsoring free internet access in the country.  Boingo Wireless, one of the largest Wi-Fi providers in the world, will team up with Google to bring free Wi-Fi to more than 4,000 hotspots across the U.S. for the month of September.

Dawn Callahan, vice president of consumer marketing for Boingo Wireless, in a statement said,“Google Play is the first to take part in our newly expanded Wi-Fi sponsorship network, which reaches millions of consumers each month with place-based brand engagements, Sponsorships like this give users the free Wi-Fi they crave, advertisers the consumer interaction they need, and venues the revenue to offset the costs associated with providing a high-bandwidth Wi-Fi experience.”

The new ad-supported hotspots will be distributed across the country,hotspots in the US including 15 airports such as New York’s John F. Kennedy and Chicago’s O’Hare, as well as some subway stations in Manhattan and thousands of hotels, shopping malls, cafes and recreational areas.The free service is running through September.

This is not the first time Boingo and Google have offered free Wi-Fi. During the summer Google Offers sponsored hotspots across  New York City, including in six subway stations.The agreement come as an extension of the initial offering by the two companies which started with free Wi-Fi at some subway stations in Manhattan at the beginning of the summer and a number of shopping malls in the country in August.Early this summer, Virgin Media launched free Wi-Fi in some of London underground stations as part of its plan to provide Wi-Fi service at the city’s transport network. Boingo Internet access costs around 10 dollars a month for unlimited use; the hourly rate depends on the user’s location.

Google and Boingo have said that only Android phone or Tablets as well as Windows and Macintosh laptop users will be able to access the service, leaving iPhone and iPad users out in the cold.You may notice that Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian, MeeGo and iOS devices are left out, but it is Google powering things — so, you know, best bring your Android device.



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